Have you ever thought how many of your neighbors benefit from the healing properties of marijuana? 24/7 Wall St. has recently published a special report about the 12 states with the most numerous and active cannabis smokers. While Colorado is unsurprisingly on top of the list, Oregonians will soon catch up with the first state that legalized marijuana.
Based on the surveys carried out by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2013 and 2014, states that consume the most marijuana were determined by the percentage of cannabis users of 12 years old and older who smoked marijuana in the previous year.
The reported data also included the number of first-time cannabis smokers, people who used marijuana in the past month, as well as the perception of risk and maximum fines for marijuana possession.
Though Colorado was the first state that legalized weed use in the U.S., Oregon has surprisingly appeared in the second place on the list of the most marijuana-active states, along with Vermont, which is in the third place. And if Vermont legalized medical cannabis use in 2004, Oregonians got legal access to marijuana only in October 2015.
Undoubtedly, Colorado leads the nation in marijuana consumption, as 21.6% of the state residents reported using cannabis in the past year. Colorado is one of the four American states that has approved recreational use of marijuana, and now, there are 909,000 of cannabis users. In addition, in the past month, the rate of consuming illicit drugs other than cannabis was the highest in the U.S. and was estimated at 4.4% of Coloradans. Thanks to the great number of marijuana users, the state generated $135 million in taxes and fees from Colorado cannabis companies in 2015, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.
Oregon adopted legislation for both medical and recreational marijuana use two years ago. As for now, each fifth resident or 19.9% of the state citizens have consumed marijuana in the past year, which makes Oregon the second state with the most pot use in the U.S. Moreover, Oregonians have the least negative cannabis perception than elsewhere in America. Just 18.3% of marijuana users perceived a risk in consuming cannabis once a month, while the national rate is estimated at 27.8%. Perhaps, that is why 37,000 people in Oregon tried cannabis for the first time after cannabis was legalized in the state.
Vermont is the third American state with the most cannabis use. The number of marijuana smokers here is only slightly smaller than in Oregon and is estimated at 19.8% of Vermonters. The state has permitted medical use of marijuana and licensed several medical cannabis dispensaries. Interestingly, the density of regular cannabis users within 200 miles of Vermont is 40 times higher than within other states with legal weed. However, there are strict fines for possessing more than one ounce of weed, which can cost $200 for the weed holder. The state residents who hold 10 pounds of cannabis or more could be punished with a fine of up to $500,000.
Among other states included in the list of places with the most cannabis consumption were Alaska and Washington, as well as Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Michigan, and California. In these states, marijuana doctors may prescribe cannabis for treatment of such severe conditions as cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, chronic pain, epilepsy, and other diseases.