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Listicle: Alaska is No. 1 in smoking pot in fed’s survey

STATES WITH HIGH POT USE ARE LEAST RELIGIOUS

Alaskans smoke the most weed per capita in America, with 16.29 percent of the population admitting to using pot in the past year.

That’s over 119,000 Alaskans consuming cannabis, if the numbers from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration are to be believed. Or one out of every seven man, woman, and child in Alaska.

Vermont comes in a close second at 16%, followed by Colorado at 15%.

All of the states on the list of “highest number of users” are either in the West or are in the northern part of the country.

The rest of the top states:

  • 4. New Hampshire: 14.88%
  • 5. Massachusetts: 14.55%
  • 6. Oregon: 14.44%
  • 7. Rhode Island: 14.32%
  • 8. Washington, D.C: 14.29%
  • 9. Maine: 13.56%
  • 10. California: 12.88%
  • 11. Washington: 12.84%
  • 12. New York: 12.83%
  • 13. Connecticut: 12.53%
  • 14. Montana: 12.21%
  • 15. Michigan: 12.16%
  • 16. Hawaii: 12%
  • 17. Delaware: 11.86%

GOT RELIGION, ALASKA? NOT SO MUCH

Not surprisingly, the states where pot use is the highest just about perfectly inverse in terms of religiosity, according to research from the Pew Research Center.

From most religious to least, Alaska ranks fifth from the bottom on Pew’s 2019 list:

  • 1. Alabama 77%
  • 2. Mississippi 74%
  • 3. Tennessee 71%
  • 3. Louisiana 71%
  • 5. Arkansas 70%
  • 6. South Carolina 69%
  • 7. West Virginia 64%
  • 7. Georgia 64%
  • 7. Oklahoma 64%
  • 10. Texas 63%
  • 10. Kentucky 63%
  • 12. North Carolina 62%
  • 13. Virginia 60%
  • 14. New Mexico 59%
  • 15. Utah 58%
  • 16. South Dakota 57%
  • 17. Missouri 56%
  • 17. Ohio 56%
  • 19. Nebraska 54%
  • 20. Iowa 53%
  • 20. Florida 53%
  • 20. Indiana 53%
  • 20. North Dakota 53%
  • 24. Arizona 51%
  • 24. Pennsylvania 51%
  • 24. Idaho 51%
  • 27. Kansas 50%
  • 27. New Jersey 50%
  • 27. Maryland 50%
  • 27. District of Columbia 50%, No. 8 for pot use
  • 27. Michigan 50% religious, No. 15 for pot use
  • 27. Illinois 50%
  • 33. Wyoming 49%
  • 34. Rhode Island 48% religious, No. 7 for pot use
  • 35. California 47% religious, No. 10 for pot use
  • 35. Colorado 47% religious, No. 3 for pot use
  • 37. Delaware 46% religious, No. 17 for pot use
  • 37. Minnesota 46%
  • 39. Oregon 45% religious, No. 6 for pot use
  • 39. New York 45% religious, No. 12 for pot use
  • 41. Nevada 44%
  • 41. Montana 44% religious, No. 14 for pot use
  • 41. Hawaii 44%, No. 16 for pot use
  • 41. Washington 44% religious, No. 11 for pot use
  • 41. Wisconsin 44%
  • 46. Connecticut 42%, No. 13 for pot use
  • 47. Alaska 41% religious, No. 1 for pot use
  • 48. Maine 34% religious, No. 9 for pot use
  • 49. Massachusetts 33% religious, No. 5 for pot use
  • 49. New Hampshire 33% religious, No. 4 for pot use
  • 51. Vermont 32% religious, No. 2 for pot use

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • For being a “low religion” state, there are sure alot of churches on the Kenai Penninsula. And alot of marijuana stores too.

    • That’s what I mean about Alaskans being pretty libertarian. Live and let live.

  • WOW, we finally made the Top of the List in at least one category. Maybe we could leverage into something positive – useful? … Second thought, maybe not!

  • I am confident that the marijuana use will go down over time – after all, production is only now ramping up. (Gosh, those statements seem inconsistent…… Might have some connection to the doobie I smoked last night…. Naaaaaa)

  • Come on Alaska has religion they worship POT! That’s not new it’s just out of the closet now ! Being number 1 or king of the hill makes one high Ha ha !

  • I would like to see a survey breaking down the level of libertarianism in each state. My feeling is that Alaska would rank pretty high.

    • I’d wager a bet that more Alaskans hold libertarian views than democratic or republican views, there is no doubt that we hold more libertarian views than Democratic or Republican views. The big D and big R views are a lot different than the little d and little r views.

  • Interesting correlation between pot and religion. I thought Alaska was higher on the religion list. Wonder if that’s changed.

  • Small wonder We lead the Nation in smoking pot. Since the mid 70’s pot has been some kind of legal in Alaska.
    The irony of the story is one would think the pot-smoking states would lead the Nation in obesity. Not so, the opposite is true, all the God fearing states listed, are the porkers. In fact most of the leading pot-consuming states, are the leanest states, with the pot mecca state of Colorado leading the nation in fitness. Lord works in mysterious ways.

  • Alaskans should read the recently published book: “Tell Your Children” by Alex Berenson. It tells the truth about marijuana, mental illness and violence.

    • Mental illness and marijuana might go hand in hand but not so much with marijuana and violence.

  • Amen!

  • Yep, AK has more stoner red necks than any other state. This is not a very well kept secret. I love my redneck stoner MAGA friends here in Homer, all ready to do battle. Some even drive around with stupid flags flying from the mast. They even go to church, every Sunday. God provides as they say. Now, Anchor point….

  • Tops in Pot smoking and sexual abuse. Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • That’s why I voted for Governor Dunleavy. The man is a principled constitutional libertarian in everything but name.

  • Nearly half of those 119,000 signed the recall petition. The other half didn’t know Dunleavy was the governor. The trick is too keep the Democrats really loaded on election day.

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