More people than ever turn to cannabis today. With over half the nation allowing its use in one form or another, the love continues to spread. So what does use look like in those states? Here’s what one study revealed.
Coming in at number 5, Washington state is a legal recreational state that boasts the cannabis capital of Seattle. According to the study, 19.5% of their population got high in the past year. Medical marijuana has been legal there since 1998.
Recreational use passed with a vote of the people in 2012. I-502 garnered the signatures needed to go before the legislature, but they failed to act, so it automatically went to the people that November. Recreational use passed with approximately 56% of the vote.
With 19.5% of the population enjoying the herb, they technically tie with Washington, but Alaska has made bigger strides in personal liberties. Last year, they officially legalized personal possession and growing.
This year, they are working on allowing cannabis clubs, or at least the option of smoking at dispensaries. This makes the ban on public consumption a bit less worrisome for pot tourists.
Earlier this year, Vermont narrowly missed the opportunity to claim a unique title in the cannabis world. The state almost made history as the first to legalize recreational use through legislation.
The measure was defeated, however, not because of lack of support, but poor wording. Proponents felt it created undue restrictions on personal use and liberties in its fine print. Rather than pass poor policy, the state decided to wait and do it right. They should, as 19.8% of the population of the state enjoyed the herb in 2014, consuming nearly 25 metric tons of cannabis!
19.9% of the population used cannabis in 2014. This year, those numbers are sure to be even higher, as recreational edibles are hitting shelves. Oregon legalized medical use in
Imagine the numbers now
As cannabis continues to grow in popularity, these numbers are sure to grow. It may take several years, or even a decade to reach a level of acceptance that alcohol currently sees, but with even more states looking to change their laws this November, and a possible reschedule by the DEA sometime this year, the future is looking bright.
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