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Nine States Other Than Colorado That Love Marijuana the Most

No need to pretend there's the slightest suspense: Estately's new list of the "most marijuana-enthused states" puts Colorado in the number one position.

By a lot.

As for which other states made the cut, the answers aren't exactly shocking — but some interesting facts and figures determined their order.

The site awarded scores ranging from 1-100 using the following criteria:
• Marijuana users — percentage of people reporting marijuana use in the previous month (source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

• Marijuana affordability — average cost of high quality and low quality marijuana (source: PriceofWeed.com)

• Interest in Marijuana-Cannabis-related Google searches (source: Google Trends)

• Legal status of marijuana — recreational, medicinal, decriminalized, illegal (source: Drug Policy Alliance)

• Publicly expressed interest in Marijuana — Facebook interest in marijuana-themed publications — High Times, Cannabis Now Magazine, 420 Magazine, Cannabis Culture, SKUNK Magazine (source: Facebook user data)
Continue to find out who followed Colorado on the chart, with each listing featuring Estately data and excerpts from the site's text, with photos drawn from last year's Cannabis Cup Day 2 slide show. To see the original post, which also spotlights the least marijuana-friendly states, click here.


10. ARIZONA

Wow, look who just barely slipped into the top-ten, a state more famous for its putting greens than its leafy greens. Even though recreational marijuana isn’t legal here like it is in Alaska (12th place), it does have medical marijuana available....

Marijuana users per capita: 39

Cannabis-related Google searches: 42


Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 51

Affordability: 63
 
Total score: 260

9. VERMONT

First off, let’s get something straight—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is not an advocate of legal weed across America. The Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential candidate does support the right of states to fully legalize it, but his personal support only extends to medical marijuana and the decriminalization of recreational marijuana....

Marijuana users per capita: 90

Cannabis-related Google searches: 47

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 20

Affordability: 41

Total score: 265

8. CALIFORNIA

Would California be ranked higher if local rapper/producer Dr. Dre hadn’t flip flopped when it came to his stance on marijuana use? No, that wasn’t factored into this at all. California only ranks eighth because it has yet to legalize marijuana (medical marijuana is legal though)....

Marijuana users per capita: 43

Cannabis-related Google searches: 47

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 38

Affordability: 79

Total score: 274

7. RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island would no doubt be ranked higher if the state’s enthusiasm wasn’t diluted by its enthusiasm for any and all illegal drugs. Still, there’s nothing little about Little Rhody’s enthusiasm for big green—10.8% report smoking in the previous month....

Marijuana users per capita: 84

Cannabis-related Google searches: 53

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 35

Affordability: 51

Total score: 289

6. MICHIGAN

You have to go all the way back to 2011 to find a year when Michigan was ranked this much higher than Ohio, but that was in football, not weed (University of Michigan ranked 12th, Ohio State University was unranked). Michigan tops Ohio (20th) in these ranking because medical marijuana is legal, as opposed to just decriminalized like in Ohio...

Marijuana users per capita: 56

Cannabis-related Google searches: 60

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 45

Affordability: 64

Total score: 291

Continue to keep counting down the ten states that love marijuana the most.

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