Article by IFL Science
As legalization of marijuana – either completely or for medical use – spreads across the United States, the government is understandably trying to keep track of what impact it has on society, if any at all.
The state of Colorado, in which it is legal to smoke pot, has just released its latest survey results on smoking habits, including the most stoned occupation. It probably won’t come as too much of a surprise that those who work in the food industry are the biggest smokers, but the results do give an interesting breakdown into how legalizing the drug has impacted Colorado.
Well, it probably doesn’t take a genius to work out that the heaviest weed smoking demographic in Colorado is young white men. After surveying 26,936 people on the phone, and quizzing them on their smoking behavior, along with a bunch of other metrics such as age, ethnicity, sex, and occupation between 2014 and 2015, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has only just got round to publishing their results.
They found that of the 10,169 Coloradans who were employed, 14.6 percent reported having smoked in the last 30 days. Those between the ages of 18 to 25 were most likely to smoke (29.6 percent), as were men compared to women (17.2 percent and 11.3 percent respectively). When it came to ethnicity, white people topped the list at 15.3 percent, followed by Hispanics at 15.1 percent and African Americans at 14.5 percent.