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These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

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These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Despite remaining federally illegal, the legalization of marijuana at the state level has been spreading across the United States in recent years. In 2016, the majority of Americans are for legalization. Using information from studies on marijuana usage conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA. We compiled a list of the top 5 states that smoke the most weed.

5. Washington (19.5% of population uses marijuana: 1,105,000 individuals) 

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Mary Millus

In 2012, Washington was one of the first two states to pull the trigger on legal recreational marijuana. Four years later with only two new recreational states, Washington’s place on out top 5 list is justified.

Although possession of up to an ounce is not worthy of prosecution in the state, smoking in public and growing plants for personal consumption, remain illegal despite the popularity of the plant with Washingtonians.

People visit Washington to get legal highs and the state even has Kush Tourism available. Kush Tourism takes visitors on a journey through the world of cannabis and also suggests cannabis friendly lodging.

4. Alaska (19.5% of population uses marijuana: 114,000 individuals)

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Mary Millus

In 1975 Ravin v. State made marijuana possession legal for in home and personal use. This was one of the first cases of a state decriminalizing cannabis for in-home and personal use.

In 1991 it marijuana was re-criminalized but in 2004 Ravin v. State overtook the changes made in ’91 after a petition with 45,000 signatures were submitted to the Alaska Department of Elections in January of 2014.

The petition only needed 30,000 signatures and after receiving well over the required signatures, Alaska’s recreational legalization bill was put on the ballot and approved on November 4th of 2014.

3. Vermont (19.8% of population uses marijuana: 108,000 individuals)

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Mary Millus

Home to Senator Bernie Sanders, who is the first major party presidential candidate to support the federal legalization and regulation of marijuana. Having the 3rd highest rate of marijuana use in the nation, it’s surprising that:

“the Vermont House voted overwhelmingly against a Senate-passed plan to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana.” Channel 5 News WPTZ

Marijuana reform advocate, Governor Peter Shumlin expressed his disappointment with the Vermont house’s “remarkable disregard for the sentiment of most Vermonters.” However, the Vermont House did agree to establish a study commission to explore issues around possible future legalization.

2. Oregon (19.9% of population uses marijuana: 649,000 individuals)

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Mary Millus

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize marijuana in 1973, illustrating the plants early popularity in Oregon.

This and the states decision to be one of the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana show why Oregon comes in second for Stoner Capital, USA.

1. Colorado (21.6% of population uses marijuana: 909,000 individuals)

These 5 States Smoke The Most Weed

Mary Millus

As the first state to legalize recreational marijuana and the number one state of illicit drug use it should come as no surprise that Colorado is number one on our list.

Legal cannabis has led to an increase in tourism in Colorado while simultaneously resulting in a decrease in teen pot usage and a decline in intoxicated driving.

Not to mention all the tax money the states been racking in since legalization in 2012. With the current popularity of marijuana use in Colorado, the state may very well be the legal cannabis capital of the world. Further, with teen pot use and intoxicated driving down, the state is known to be “the highest” doesn’t seem as dystopian as past prohibitionists would have led us to believe.

Ab Hanna

Ab is a New York based Green Rush Daily staff writer. During his time at Stony Brook University, he specialized in advanced research and analytical writing. He attends glass art shows supporting independent artists and stays up to date with the latest product innovations.

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