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This Is the Most Stoned State in America

Best Life Logo By Paul Thompson of Best Life | Slide 1 of 51: Though it's been a gradual process over decades, the shift of cannabis use—for either medicinal or recreational purposes—from counterculture to the mainstream seems to have sped up overnight. In fact, since the 2020 election results were announced in early November, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 15 states. And there are only three states in the U.S. where it is still neither legal recreationally nor offered medicinally.Even bigger news occurred on Friday Dec. 4 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level, CNN reported. The MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement) would, among other things, eliminate criminal penalties for those who manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana. It would also seek to remove prior marijuana-related convictions and use tax dollars to invest in job training and other programs to aid those who have been convicted of such crimes. So, with the cannabis business booming and the House's passing of the MORE Act, we set out to determine the most stoned state in America.First, we looked at the legal status of cannabis both medicinally and recreationally as of Nov. 4, 2020, based on official state laws gathered by workplace safety and compliance specialists DISA Global Solutions. Then, we used the percentage of adults in each state that used cannabis within the last year, according to Statista, and the most recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate the number of cannabis users per 100,000 residents in each state. Finally, we examined the National Cannabis Industry Association's sales projections for 2022 in both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, which were made using current data and financial analytics.We then gave all metrics a weighted value and ran them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Stoned Index, where 0 is the least stoned and 100 is the most. (You'll see "N/A" noted in any instances where data either didn't apply or was not currently available, which we factored into how each metric was weighted.)While you may predict the most stoned state in America to be California, you'd be off. The Golden State did rank highly on the list, but quite a few other states ranked higher. The top 10, in fact, contain states from all over the U.S., from the Pacific Northwest to New England to the Southwest to one non-contiguous state, too. Read on to discover the most stoned state in the country and find out where yours falls in the mix. And to learn which part of the country is the least truthful, This Is the Most Dishonest State in America.Read the original article on Best Life.

This Is the Most Stoned State in America

Though it's been a gradual process over decades, the shift of cannabis use—for either medicinal or recreational purposes—from counterculture to the mainstream seems to have sped up overnight. In fact, since the 2020 election results were announced in early November, the recreational use of marijuana is now legal in 15 states. And there are only three states in the U.S. where it is still neither legal recreationally nor offered medicinally.

Even bigger news occurred on Friday Dec. 4 when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a landmark bill decriminalizing marijuana on the federal level, CNN reported. The MORE Act (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement) would, among other things, eliminate criminal penalties for those who manufacture, distribute, or possess marijuana. It would also seek to remove prior marijuana-related convictions and use tax dollars to invest in job training and other programs to aid those who have been convicted of such crimes. So, with the cannabis business booming and the House's passing of the MORE Act, we set out to determine the most stoned state in America.

First, we looked at the legal status of cannabis both medicinally and recreationally as of Nov. 4, 2020, based on official state laws gathered by workplace safety and compliance specialists DISA Global Solutions. Then, we used the percentage of adults in each state that used cannabis within the last year, according to Statista, and the most recent population data from the U.S. Census Bureau to calculate the number of cannabis users per 100,000 residents in each state. Finally, we examined the National Cannabis Industry Association's sales projections for 2022 in both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, which were made using current data and financial analytics.

We then gave all metrics a weighted value and ran them through our exclusive algorithm to see how each state scored on our 100-point scale Stoned Index, where 0 is the least stoned and 100 is the most. (You'll see "N/A" noted in any instances where data either didn't apply or was not currently available, which we factored into how each metric was weighted.)

While you may predict the most stoned state in America to be California, you'd be off. The Golden State did rank highly on the list, but quite a few other states ranked higher. The top 10, in fact, contain states from all over the U.S., from the Pacific Northwest to New England to the Southwest to one non-contiguous state, too. Read on to discover the most stoned state in the country and find out where yours falls in the mix. And to learn which part of the country is the least truthful, This Is the Most Dishonest State in America.

Read the original article on Best Life.

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