Nine States Other Than Colorado That Love Marijuana the Most

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This is going to shock a lot of people in Vermont, but Maine’s passion for pot is higher than its granola-fed neighbor to the southwest. While recreational marijuana remains illegal, medical marijuana is available to residents, although at prices that make Oregonians shudder (17th cheapest in the country)....

Marijuana users per capita: 85

Cannabis-related Google searches: 58

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 32

Affordability: 54

Total score: 294


New Mexico is famous for being the setting of the TV series Breaking Bad, but marijuana is thankfully far more popular than meth with local residents. Medical marijuana is legal in the state, the prices are tied for 5th cheapest with Idaho (where you’ll got to jail for possession), and 7.19% of local residents are prone to rolling doobies in a van down by the river (or just ingesting marijuana in some way)....

Marijuana users per capita: 46

Cannabis-related Google searches: 42

Legal status: 66

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 100

Affordability: 72

Total score: 326


Perhaps the reason Oregon only ranks only 17th in cannabis-related Google searches is because the state’s marijuana knowledge is more nuanced, more rooted in the past (1960s). Marijuana is both legal and plentiful in Oregon, and it’s also home to the cheapest weed in the country....

Marijuana users per capita: 79

Cannabis-related Google searches: 36

Legal status: 100

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 38

Affordability: 100

Total score: 353


Along with Colorado, The Evergreen State was the first legalize marijuana, a trend that quickly expanded to both Oregon and Alaska. Marijuana prices are the second cheapest in the country here, and it has the fifth highest percentage of pot smokers (9.94%). Its cannabis-related Google searches are the second highest nationally, but it strangely has the tenth lowest expressed interest on Facebook....

Marijuana users per capita: 81

Cannabis-related Google searches: 79

Legal status: 100

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 21

Affordability: 89

Total score: 370


We’re going to skip the obligatory “Rocky Mountain high” pun and get right to why Colorado is the nation’s top oasis for marijuana lovers. Recreational weed is legal in Colorado, and it has the most cannabis-related Google searches, the highest percentage of residents who smoked in the past month (11.45%), second most expressed interest in various marijuana publications on Facebook, and it’s affordably priced—third cheapest marijuana prices in the country....

Marijuana users per capita: 100

Cannabis-related Google searches: 100

Legal status: 100

Publicly expressed interest in marijuana: 57

Affordability: 85

Total score: 441

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