Article by William Tomer, USA Today
If you live in the South — particularly Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — odds are you are less likely to smoke pot, a new study shows.
That’s because of what the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) calls a “perception of risk” by people thinking about marijuana. In the South, SAMHSA’s study found, people are more likely to see some kind of risk in smoking pot once a month — anything from developing health trouble, brain slowdown, psychosis, or trouble finding or holding down a job.
Not surprisingly, people who don’t fear marijuana are substantially more likely to use the drug. California, Oregon and Washington are among the highest marijuana-using states — and all three have some form of legalized marijuana.