You’ll Be Surprised to Find the States with the Highest Marijuana Use

If you’re assuming that Washington and Colorado are now the states with the highest marijuana use, you will be shocked to learn the following.

The Washington Post reports a recent study from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), found about 13 percent of Rhode Island residents over the age of 12 smoked marijuana in the past month.

That means that one in eight people in the state smoke, compared to Kansas which averages only four percent.

Although Rhode Island has the highest number of smokers, western states generally lead with a nine percent average followed by the northeast.

The southern states had the lowest average of indulgers at 5.83 percent.

Nationally, seven percent of people over the age of 12 smoke regularly.

Unsurprisingly, the 18-25 year old bracket has the highest average of people who smoked in the past month: 19 percent.

However, it is important to note that even within this bracket there are variations from state to state.

For example, the study found that one in three Vermont young adults smoke while less than ten percent of Utah residents of the same age do the same.

Although the use of marijuana drops drastically with age, Alaska is the state with the highest rate of adults over the age of 26 who regularly smoke.

Click here for more details about the study and the detailed chart of percentage of smokers in each state.