Medical Marijuana States: Who Consumes More MMJ?

Medical Marijuana States: Who Consumes More MMJ?

At the time of this writing, more than half of the states in America — 29 — are medical marijuana states, and it’s not hard to see why. Legal medical cannabis helps to boost local economies, provides relief to millions of people suffering from numerous medical conditions, shrinks the black market, and reduces crime.

As Civilized notes, the governors of the first four states to legalize medical marijuana — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington — are lobbying the Trump administration to let the cannabis industry continue to grow unabated. If it does, the site predicts, more states will legalize medical marijuana, and the industry will continue to see increased scientific research, product development, investor interest, and sales.

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While the cannabis industry still has much more room to grow, Civilized wanted to see how much it has grown so far. Using data from the Marijuana Policy Project, the site recently ranked medical marijuana states according to how much of their populations are currently using medical marijuana.

Note: Of the 29 states where medical marijuana has been legalized, seven did not have enough data to be included in the list, as they have either yet to implement the law or have just recently implemented it.

Here is how the other 22 states rank:

1. California: 3.83%

Total population: 39,849,872

Medical marijuana patients: 1,526,250

2. Maine: 3.31%

Total population: 1,327,472

Medical marijuana patients: 43,906

3. Michigan: 2.20%

Total population: 9,935,116

Medical marijuana patients: 218,556

4. New Mexico: 2.13%

Total population: 2,084,193

Medical marijuana patients: 44,403

5. Arizona: 1.89%

Total population: 7,026,629

Medical marijuana patients: 132,487

6. Rhode Island: 1.71%

Total population: 1,059,080

Medical marijuana patients: 18,155

7. Colorado: 1.53%

Total population: 5,658,546

Medical marijuana patients: 86,821

8. Oregon: 1.49%

Total population: 4,144,527

Medical marijuana patients: 61,867

9. Montana: 1.48%

Total population: 1,052,343

Medical marijuana patients: 15,563

10. Hawaii: 1.05%

Total population: 1,454,295

Medical marijuana patients: 15,334

11. Nevada: 0.95%

Total population: 2,995,973

Medical marijuana patients: 28,308

12. Vermont: 0.71%

Total population: 624,592

Medical marijuana patients: 4,439

13. Connecticut: 0.53%

Total population: 3,583,134

Medical marijuana patients: 19,082

14. Massachusetts: 0.50%

Total population: 6,873,018

Medical marijuana patients: 34,189

15. Washington: 0.33%

Total population: 7,384,721

Medical marijuana patients: 24,577

16. Delaware: 0.32%

Total population: 965,866

Medical marijuana patients: 3,092

17. Illinois: 0.18%

Total population: 12,815,607

Medical marijuana patients: 23,300

18. New Hampshire: 0.16%

Total population: 1,335,832

Medical marijuana patients: 2,089

20. (tie) Alaska: 0.14%

Total population: 741,204

Medical marijuana patients: 1,042

20. (tie) New Jersey: 0.14%

Total population: 8,996,351

Medical marijuana patients: 12,514

21. New York: 0.13%

Total population: 19,889,657

Medical marijuana patients: 26,096

22. Minnesota: 0.12%

Total population: 5,554,532

Medical marijuana patients: 6,384