Although it has been a steady progression over some decades, the gradual shift of the use of cannabis, albeit for medicinal or even recreational purposes, from counterculture to mainstreamappears to have accelerated just overnight. The fact of the matter is that as soon as the election results for 2020 were proclaimed in early November, the use of marijuana for recreational purposes is currently legal in fifteen of the fifty states. What is more, is that there are now only three states in America, that it is not legal for recreational use or for medicinal purposes.
On December 4, 2020, there was even more news when the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that decriminalized marijuana; this was a landmark on the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement or MORE Act as it is being commonly referred to would in essence, among many other things, abolish criminal punishments for anyone that was caught manufacturing, distributing, or in possession of marijuana. It would also aim at removing any previous marijuana-related convictions and invest the tax dollars into job training and some other programs that seek to aid those who were convicted of those crimes. With that said and the business of cannabis booming, alongside the House of Representatives passing the MORE Act, we have determined to ascertain which state in America is the most stoned.
Based on the official state laws, the information on the legality of cannabis both recreationally and medicinally as of November 4, 2020, the percentage of adults in every state that have used marijuana in the last year as documented by Statista, plus the most current data on the population from the United States Census Bureau to then calculate the number of users of cannabis per 100,000 residents in every state. Lastly, the National Cannabis Industry Association’s sales projections for 2022 were examined for both medicinal and recreational cannabis markets, using recent data on financial analytics. We will look at the fifteen top states on the stone index.
15. New Hampshire
Only medicinal marijuana use is currently allowed at this time, it is not legal for anyone to use for recreational purposes. 20,890 adults per 100,000 people are users of cannabis. It is projected that by 2022 this state would make 36 million dollars in sales of medicinal marijuana, which is a projected $2.7 million per 100,000 people in projected sales, giving this state a stone index of 30.79.
14. New Mexico
Medicinal use is the only use that is allowed currently in this state. The adult cannabis users per 100,000 stand at 18,990, with a projected $275 million in medicinal sales for 2022, which is a $13.1 million total sales per 100,000 people. These statistics give the state a stoned index score of 37.26.
In this state, both medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is legal, with an adult cannabis usage of 17,200 per 100,000 people. The projected medicinal sales for 2022 is $948 million, while the projected recreational sales are $243 million, this gives a projected total sales of $16.4 million per 100,000 people. The stoned index for this state is 44.78.
Medicinal and recreational use is legal in this state, the number of adult cannabis users per 100,000 is 18,910. $698 million is the projected sales of medicinal marijuana for 2022, while $663 million is the projected figure for recreational sales. The total projected sales per 100,000 are $13.6 million, giving a stoned index of 46.16.
11. Rhode Island
This state only allows for the use of medicinal marijuana legally, recreational is still not legal. 21,210 is the adult cannabis users per 100,000 people with a projected medicinal sales of $69 million. Although it is not legal to use marijuana for recreational use in this state, the projected sales for 2022 stands at $122 million, to give a projected total of $18 million per 100,000 people and a stoned index of 48.18.
Both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana is allowed in this state with adult cannabis users per 100,000 people at 20,070, and a projected medicinal sales of $148 million, and there are projected sales for recreational cannabis. $13.1 million is the projected total sales per 100,000 people, giving a stoned index score of 49.34.
The use of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use has been legalized in the state of California. 18,890 is the number of adult cannabis users per 100,000 people, with a projected medicinal sales at $133 million and recreational at $7.6 billion, putting this projected total per 100,000 people at 19.6 million and a stoned index of 52.52.
20,870 adult cannabis users per 100,000 people are the assessment for this state as both recreational and medicinal use is allowed in this state. $113 million is the projected sales for medicinal cannabis use and $1.1 billion for recreational cannabis use, totaling $17.6 million for the projected sales per 100,000. The stoned index score is 55.41.
The stoned index for this state is at 63.66. Both medicinal and recreational marijuana is allowed in this state and the adult users per 100,000 stand at 24,520. $3 million is the projected sales on medicinal usage for 2022 and $119 million for recreational usage. The total projected sales per 100,000 are $16.7 million.
In this state medicinal use has been legalized, recreational usage has also been legalized. The adult cannabis users stand at 22,610 per every 100,000 people. $38 million is the medicinal sales projection and $615 million for recreational sales. $21.2 million is the total sales per 100,000 people. The stoned index for this state is 63.70.
Recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is legal in this state and 24,180 adults per 100,000 people use cannabis, there are no projected sales for medicinal but $1.5 billion was projected for recreational usage. A total projected sales of $19.7 million per 100,000 people. The stoned index for this state is 66.06.
With a stoned index score of 66.96, this state has legalized the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana. There are 25,530 people per 100,000 people that use cannabis. The projected sales are $28 million in medicinal cannabis and $237 million for recreational sales. $19.7 million is the projected total for sales per 100,000.
The medicinal and recreational use has been legalized in this state. The adult cannabis users per 100,000 are at 25,710, with projected sales in medicinal usage of $44 million and recreational sales of $64 million. $17.3 million is the total projected sales per 100,000 people. 67.36 is the index for the stoned score.
Medicinal and recreational usage has been legalized in this state. The number of adult cannabis users per 100,000 people is 25,560. $59 million is the projected medicinal sales and $848 million in recreational sales. $21.5 million is the total projected sales for 100,000 people. 79.10 is the stoned index for this state.
This is the most stoned state in the Americas, with a whooping stoned index of 99.97. Both medicinal and recreational uses of marijuana are legalized in the state and 27,707 adults per 100,000 people are users of the drug. It is expected to bring in a projected $360 million in medicinal sales and $2.1 billion in recreational sales for 2022. $42.7 million in total sales per 100,000.