Rhode Island Is The US Capital Of…What?

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The Ocean State no longer leads the nation in unemployment, but it does retain this unusual superlative.

When Colorado and Washington State legalized the recreational use of marijuana, it was reasonable to expect that cannabis use would increase in those states. After all, you no longer needed to deal with medical cards and all that jazz. All you do is go into the pot shop and buy it.

Depending on how much attention you’ve been paying to those around you, you may or may not be surprised to learn that, despite the drug not being legalized here, Rhode Islanders reign supreme at pot consumption. Liberty Voice reports:

It is no surprise that marijuana use has increased in Colorado since the state legalized the drug for recreational use. However, what is surprising is that new U.S. federal data shows that Rhode Island tops Colorado as pot capital of the country.

According to a new National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 16 percent of all residents of Rhode Island age 12 and over smoked pot in the past month during the period studied from 2012-2013. That is slightly below 1 out of 6 people.

By comparison, in Colorado, the rate is about 1 out of 8 Colorado residents older than 12 had used marijuana in the past month. That puts the state third in the usage data behind Rhode Island and the District of Columbia. While usage has increased in Colorado since the drug was legalized, it has increased in the other areas too, even though recreational use there is still a crime.

And as we look to the future, this trend isn’t going to end anytime soon…

More telling is the data for those between ages 18 through 25. In Colorado, D.C., Rhode Island and Vermont, more than 30 percent of residents between those ages used pot monthly.

No word on how this benefits Rhode Island’s junk food retailers.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Munchies Correspondent

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