Legalization efforts are afoot across the country. Individual states across the U.S. are deciding to legalize marijuana medicinally or recreationally, and we wanted to take a look at how much everyone is smoking in each state. Amazingly, there doesn’t seem to be much correlation between how long a state has had its marijuana program and what percentage of its inhabitants are smoking. California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, is not even in the top 10 of states in terms of what percentage of Californians indulge. Also interesting is the fact that whether a state has legalized marijuana medicinally or recreationally is not a predictor for whether a big percent of its population smokes.
This data, from a 2014-2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, is specifically about what percent of the 18+ population consumed marijuana in 2015. Take a look at the surprising results!