Pot Matters: Marijuana Use in the States

Colorado leads the nation in the prevalence of monthly marijuana use by adults 18 and older, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). When it comes to annual adult marijuana use, marijuana is the most popular in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C.

In order to get accurate estimates of marijuana use at the state level, analysts at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), who conduct the NSDUH annually, must utilize two years of data. Consequently, the most recent data on state-level marijuana use is from 2013 and 2014. The key questions on the survey are whether the respondent used marijuana in the last year and in the last month. Marijuana use in the last month is often interpreted as an indication of recent or regular use.

In Colorado, which legalized marijuana in 2012, the recent data shows an increase...

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