Study Confirms What You Probably Already Suspected About People Who Live in Colorado

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A 1/4 ounce, left, and one ounce of marijuana are pictured along with a handful of joints at a dispensary in Denver on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Photo: Ed Andrieski/AP/Corbis

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 10.4 percent of Coloradans over the age of 12 said they’d used marijuana in the past month when asked during a period in 2011–2012. That figure jumped to 12.7 percent the next year, meaning that Colorado has the second-highest (heh) percentage of regular weed consumers in the United States. (Rhode Island is No. 1, while the national rate is a considerably less chill 7.4 percent.) The survey didn’t include numbers from 2014, the year Colorado’s recreational pot sales began, so it doesn’t tell us if usage increased with legalization — but it does at least partially explain how ol’ Amendment 64 passed in the first place.