US States with the Highest Marijuana Use
Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people’s beliefs about the risk of harms associated with the drug.
Among people 12 and older, rates of cannabis use in the past month were close to 10% in the West and slightly over 6% in the South, according to the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
People in the West were least likely (over 25%) to believe that monthly Marijuana use poses significant risk, while people in the South were the most likely (over 32%) to believe it.
Even among states, there were significant differences in marijuana use and whether people believed regular cannabis use was risky.
For example: current Marijuana use ranged from a low of almost 4% in one region in the southernmost part of Texas to a high of 16% in San Francisco.
Rates of concern about the risks of regular cannabis use ranged from a high of just over 49% in Miami-Dade County and Monroe County in Florida to a low of about 14% in Ward 3 of the District of Columbia.
Recreational use of cannabis is legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington State and the District of Columbia, while Medical Marijuana is legal in 20 other states.
“This report provides a very detailed understanding of Marijuana use and perception patterns in communities across the nation,” said Fran Harding, director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
“This information can help public health officials and others better gauge the cannabis-related prevention and treatment needs in their communities and fine-tune their programs and services to best address them,” Ms. Harding said in an agency news release Tuesday.