Marijuana Use More Common in Western U.S., Report Finds

Marijuana Use More Common in Western U.S., Report Finds
Whether you smoke pot might depend on what part of the United States you live in, a new survey suggests. Marijuana use by Americans is highest in the West and lowest in the South, according to a federal government report that also examined people's beliefs about the risk of harms associated with the drug. Among people 12 and older, rates of marijuana use in the past month were close to 10 percent in the West and slightly over 6 percent in the South, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). People in the West were least likely (over 25 percent) to believe that monthly marijuana use poses significant risk, while people in the South were the most likely (over 32 percent) to believe it. Even among states, there were significant differences in marijuana use and whether people believed regular pot use was risky. For example, current...
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