You might think that Colorado or Washington are the places where Americans are smoking marijuana the most. But according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Rhode Island is the marijuana capital of the United States, at least when it’s measured by the percent of state residents who regularly use marijuana.
According to a new article in the Washington Post, just over 1 in 8 residents in Rhode Island over the age of 12 smoke marijuana monthly. That’s more than three times the rate in Kansas, where only 4 percent of residents use regularly.
In terms of the country as a whole, about 7 percent of Americans over age 12 have used marijuana in the past month. States in the west have the highest rate, at 9 percent, followed by the Northeast. The South has the lowest rate at just under 6 percent.
Not surprisingly, 18- to 25-year-olds use marijuana the most. Almost 19 percent of that group has used marijuana in the past month. Usage drops off for people 26 and older, with only 5 percent of Americans in that age group smoking marijuana regularly. Alaska’s 26-and-over crowd is the most likely to regularly use marijuana, at just over 11 percent.