Which cities consume the most marijuana?

It's popular – but where is it used most and least – here are the cities and how they compare to marijuana

Recreational weed is legal in 24 states, DC and some territories. Over 50% of their country has access to gummy bears, e-cigarettes and specialty chocolate without breaking the law. Medical marijuana is available in 38 states. The American Medical Association, the federal Departments of Health and Human Services, and the Food and Drug Administration have said that science is clear that it has medical benefits. So which cities consume the most marijuana while taking advantage of this voter privilege? California remains the “Golden State” for consumers: 94 cities are in the top half of the rankings, six of which landed in the top 10.

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The company LawnStarter decided to find out which city consumes the most. The study compared nearly 300 of the largest U.S. cities (where recreational marijuana use is legal) across six categories. They considered legality, access to dispensaries, weed delivery services, and more among a total of 17 metrics. It's no surprise that the OG of the movement and number one is Los Angeles. It has a nearly 29-point lead over San Francisco. The creative community places great emphasis on the healthier effects of marijuana over alcohol. It's not even in the top 10 drinking cities.

San Francisco's original hippie, free love mecca comes in at number two. Las Vegas, also known as Sin City for gambling, alcohol, over-the-top shows and more, is number three. Vegas is home to one of the largest dispensaries in the country and will soon offer Cannabition, a complete, immersive experience. Since Colorado was one of the first to adopt full legalization, it's no surprise that its largest city, Denver, is next. While common sense says New York should be number one, the chaos that came with the state's rollout has cost the state millions in revenue. Currently, there are nearly 100 legal dispensaries in the state while there are over 2,000 illegal dispensaries.

The next 5 are

  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, OR
  • Sacramento, California
  • Oakland, California
  • Santa Ana, California

Connecticut, Illinois and Washington are still catching up. Only Chicago (38) and Seattle (No. 106) can place at the top of the rankings. Weird laws and high taxes are big hurdles.

At the bottom of the list are cities that are legal but simply don't have the necessary infrastructure. That's a shame because it means state governments are missing out on significant tax revenue. Here are the ten worst cities on the list.

  • Federal Way, WA
  • Trenton, NJ
  • Cicero, IL
  • Kent, WA
  • Elgin, IL
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Bloomington, IL8
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Springfield, IL
  • Rockford, IL

What's interesting is that Wisconsin has seven of the ten cities with the highest alcohol consumption.

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