If you’re planning a road trip and want to be able to stay high off secondhand fumes the whole way, if your Pink Floyd butts poster is getting wrinkled and you need a new 420-friendly decoration for your room, if you’re one of those stoners who like to sound smart by giving out weed statistics while you’re passing the rig around, then the map, just released by the Washington Post and displaying where the heaviest and lightest uses of cannabis are in the country, is for you.
Drafted by drug policy and stats wiz Christopher Ingraham using recent data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the map colors regions of this great nation of ours according to what percent of the population, at least those 12 and over, partakes of the mother herb at least once monthly.
There’s a fair amount of purple on the map, which indicates use at or above 11 percent, but San Francisco took the sticky crown, with over 15 percent of the population being regular users. The rest of the areas colored deep purple aren’t too surprising. The West Coast is mostly violet-hued and especially vibrant in Northern California and upper Washington State. Colorado (duh), New England, and the entire state of Alaska have also turned the color of Mace Windu’s saber.
At the other side of the spectrum, you’ll find a lot of peach, tan, and beige in the South (except Florida and Georgia, where they like to party) and Great Plains (except Colorado, duh). South Texas took the upside-down crown for scoring lowest on the Mary-Jane Meter, with just 4 percent of those 12 and older using on the reg.
The national average for monthly is 7.7 percent. So those who do get elevated are going to have to smoke even harder to make up for that 91.3 percent that’re missing out.