National Marijuana Survey Has Some Surprising Regional Data

National Survey on Marijuana Use Features Surprising Regional Data

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health found out many things about the nation’s perception and use of marijuana; to start, weed is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

While the survey—conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration—focuses not only on marijuana use, but also the “perceived risk of harm from marijuana use” across states (whatever that means), we also learn about who’s smoking the most weed across the country and which areas hate it the most.

Surprisingly, Miami ranked with the highest percent of residents who think smoking weed once a month is “harmful” and should be avoided; almost half of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties are anti-marijuana in this sense. This came is somewhat of a surprise to researchers (and Miami-based newspapers), as weed is pretty publically acceptable in Miami, often wafting over from the next beach towel.

As for the nation as a whole, 28.5% of residents concur with Miami’s anti-weed half, saying they think smoking weed once a month is harmful. Unsurprisingly, the South overall dislikes marijuana the most: 32.5% of Southerners disapprove of monthly marijuana use, compared to 25.64% in the West and 25.56% in the Northeast.

The heaviest use in the nation is focused in its legalized states of Colorado, Alaska, Washington and Oregon, with regions of New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island clocking in surprisingly dark on the shaded map.

With the vast majority of public opinion so obviously aware that marijuana is not the harmful substance its Schedule I status would suggest, one has to wonder how much longer the federal government can continue its classification charade.