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2014-08-08 08:13:03 PM  
Deslided.

DC is #1? Didn't Forbes also rank them the "Coolest" city in America?
 
2014-08-08 10:39:47 PM  
California is only 15th?

/we must be slipping
 
2014-08-08 10:47:36 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: California is only 15th?

/we must be slipping


I'm on it...
 
2014-08-08 10:50:12 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: California is only 15th?

/we must be slipping


Right into the Pacific

msnbcmedia.msn.com
 
2014-08-08 10:53:19 PM  
AKA states ranked in order of percentage of residents dumb enough to admit illegal activities to an interviewer.
 
Skr
2014-08-08 11:02:15 PM  
Percentage probably isn't the best way to go about a poll like this, what with the vastly differing populations of the states. The percentages seem lower than they should be anyhow.
 
2014-08-08 11:02:54 PM  

oxnard_montalvo: MaudlinMutantMollusk: California is only 15th?

/we must be slipping

Right into the Pacific


Arizona Bay
 
2014-08-08 11:05:22 PM  

Skr: Percentage probably isn't the best way to go about a poll like this, what with the vastly differing populations of the states.


??

Percentages are exactly how you make comparisons among states with different-sized populations.
 
2014-08-08 11:07:09 PM  
I love how 3 of the 5 lowest states border Colorado. Relief is on the way!
 
2014-08-08 11:08:42 PM  

Skr: Percentage probably isn't the best way to go about a poll like this, what with the vastly differing populations of the states. The percentages seem lower than they should be anyhow.


Hmm, percentage should be used when comparing states of vastly different size, but you might have a point on the small states.

I'm reminded of a little mind test that stumbles lots of statisticians. A city has two hospitals, one much larger than the other. One of them reports that in July they had 55% male babies. Which one more likely made that report?
 
2014-08-08 11:10:14 PM  
The picture for Colorado is one of the saddest things I've seen in my life.

She's all, "Even immersing myself in an entire warehouse of semi-legal intoxicants cannot dull the crushing pain of my existence."
 
2014-08-08 11:15:56 PM  
Not surprised that Alaska was in the top 5.  Lots of people here like their weed.  And beer.
 
2014-08-08 11:20:52 PM  
Colorado's problem is that they're not on a coastline. Who the fark can live any distance from the ocean, it's not natural. The ocean is life.
 
2014-08-08 11:23:24 PM  
34? that's not the iowa I know

sorry if I stumbled into you while going around the bar asking if anyone had any reefer
 
2014-08-08 11:26:41 PM  
Apparently South Dakota isn't even a state any more.
 
2014-08-08 11:27:00 PM  

Jack Lambert's Missing Teeth: AKA states ranked in order of percentage of residents dumb enough to admit illegal activities to an interviewer.


This.
 
2014-08-08 11:33:35 PM  
Umm, I see Colorado, Washington State, Alaska, Oregon, Vermont.. In the top ten it's almost exactly what I expected
 
2014-08-08 11:35:11 PM  

vodka: Colorado's problem is that they're not on a coastline. Who the fark can live any distance from the ocean, it's not natural. The ocean is life.


We call it a "Hipster buffer". Sadly, It ain't foolproof.
 
2014-08-08 11:39:12 PM  
1. Washington, DC: 19.7 percent of residents

except these people are  obviously NOT DC residents:
ww3.hdnux.com
This guy is, though:
patterico.com
 
2014-08-08 11:58:10 PM  
I'm surprised Texas is so low. Did they interview adequately in Austin, Houston and Dallas? Or did they spend too much time in Odessa?
 
2014-08-09 12:02:27 AM  
New Hampshire in the top 10, yeah baby!!  Represent... uh. something something   Oh, look, something shiny.

/where are the oreos?

Maggie, just decriminalize it already and let us grow our own, fsmdammit
 
2014-08-09 12:02:39 AM  
Quick, to the bong!
 
2014-08-09 12:08:19 AM  
pass the cannabutter
 
2014-08-09 12:11:44 AM  

wildcardjack: Skr: Percentage probably isn't the best way to go about a poll like this, what with the vastly differing populations of the states. The percentages seem lower than they should be anyhow.

Hmm, percentage should be used when comparing states of vastly different size, but you might have a point on the small states.

I'm reminded of a little mind test that stumbles lots of statisticians. A city has two hospitals, one much larger than the other. One of them reports that in July they had 55% male babies. Which one more likely made that report?


The small one, since the minor statistical variation would be more noticeable in a smaller data pool?
 
2014-08-09 01:00:44 AM  
From worst to first:
Utah
Kansas
Tennessee
Alabama
Nebraska
Mississippi
Texas
Arkansas
Kentucky
Idaho
North Dakota
Georgia
Louisiana
West Virginia
Missouri
Virginia
Iowa
North Carolina
Wisconsin
New Jersey
Oklahoma
Maryland
Indiana
Wyoming
Florida
Pennsylvania
Illinois
South Carolina
Arizona
Minnesota
Ohio
Hawaii
New York
Connecticut
Michigan
California
Delaware
Maine
New Mexico
Nevada
New Hampshire
Washington
Massachusetts
Montana
Colorado
Oregon
Alaska
Vermont
Rhode Island
D.C.
 
Skr
2014-08-09 01:26:11 AM  

jaytkay: Skr: Percentage probably isn't the best way to go about a poll like this, what with the vastly differing populations of the states.

??

Percentages are exactly how you make comparisons among states with different-sized populations.


I guess I just don't feel that the data is honest. Boiling it down to a percentage with the larger and smaller states compared together and not taking into account supply, population density, and laws.
The different laws of states among other things would lead to people more inclined to lie on the survey and take the $30 participation fee.  States like Wisconsin with rather draconian laws are probably much higher percentage of usage in reality. If the laws were flat across the board then the percentages would work, but it seems to me to be comparing flawed data. Additionally there are regional mindsets that factor in as well.
 
2014-08-09 01:44:53 AM  
I guessed Vermont as #1, and seeing as DC isn't really a "state", I was only one position off. I knew Alaska would be right up there too.

Something about cold weather and weed that just goes together.
So I've heard. ;)
 
2014-08-09 02:15:17 AM  
Table 3. The Top Ten Outdoor Marijuana Producing States
Plants
Production (lbs)
Value ($1000s)
California
17,445,553
7,692,043
$12,353,421
Tennessee
6,742,057
2,972,688
$4,774,137
Kentucky
6,171,906
2,721,299
$4,370,406
Hawaii
5,340,368
2,354,660
$3,781,583
North Carolina
900,204
396,915
$637,446
Washington
834,835
368,093
$591,157
Alabama
797,955
351,832
$565,042
West Virginia
672,200
296,385
$475,994
Georgia
603,671
266,169
$427,467
Arkansas
599,632
264,388
$424,607
 
2014-08-09 04:40:54 AM  
Is it the one where a journalist would use a phrase like "most marijuana-using state" and tie it to a 52-page slideshow?
 
2014-08-09 09:14:43 AM  
The use of percentages aside ... Stupid survey is stupid.  The question was, "Have you used marijuana in the past year?"  Being honest, yes I have.  Two or three times.  If a joint is going around at a party I'll hit it if I'm in the mood.  If ya wanna identify the stoner-states, the question should have been more along the lines of, "Do you use marijuana on a daily basis?"
 
2014-08-09 11:35:34 AM  

mr_crash_davis: Apparently South Dakota isn't even a state any more.


Where the heck did South Dakota go?
 
2014-08-09 12:45:00 PM  

skinbubble: Not surprised that Alaska was in the top 5.  Lots of people here like their weed.  And beer.


Yup.  Riding a motorcycle in Anchorage means you catch a whiff of just how many people** enjoy their weed at every stop light.

** / a lot of people
 
2014-08-09 02:50:15 PM  
I was going to answer that survey and possibly help push NH higher up the chart, but then I got high ...
 
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