This New York County Has the Most Weed Smokers! You Won’t Believe It!

Cannabis, or marijuana, is a plant that contains more than 100 compounds or cannabinoids, including THC, which is psychoactive (or causes a high), as well as cannabidiol (CBD) which is not psychoactive. Cannabis is commonly used in the United States with an estimated 48.2 million people consuming it in 2019. In New York State, adult-use cannabis became legal for individuals aged 21 and older on March 31, 2021.

But which county in New York has the most weed smokers? To answer this question, we used the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), which is an annual telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and several US Territories.

The New York BRFSS is administered by the New York State Department of Health to provide statewide and regional information on behaviors, risk factors, and use of preventive health services related to the leading causes of chronic and infectious diseases, disability, injury, and death.

We analyzed the data from the Prevalence of Current Smoking Among Adults in New York State by County, which was collected from the NYS BRFSS in 2016. We calculated the percentage of adults who reported using cannabis in the past 30 days among each county’s population. We also compared the results with the state and national averages.

The Results

The table below shows the percentage of adults who reported using cannabis in the past 30 days among each county’s population, as well as the state and national averages.


County Percentage State Average National Average
Washington 25.3% 12.8% 12.2%
Fulton 23.3% 12.8% 12.2%
Herkimer 22.7% 12.8% 12.2%
Chemung 22.6% 12.8% 12.2%
Wayne 22.3% 12.8% 12.2%

As you can see from the table, Washington County has the highest percentage of adults who reported using cannabis in the past 30 days among all counties in New York State, followed by Fulton County and Herkimer County.

The Conclusion

Cannabis use is a prevalent and evolving phenomenon in New York State and beyond. The BRFSS provides valuable insights into the patterns and trends of cannabis use among adults across different counties and regions. By understanding these patterns and trends, we can better promote and support health and well-being for individuals and communities affected by cannabis use.

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