Twenty-one percent of adults in Massachusetts have used recreational marijuana in the last 30 days, says a new study from the state on recreational pot use.
That’s among the highest, if not the highest, rate in the nation. Vermont had close to 18 percent in the latest federal analysis, from 2016.
The Massachusetts report was requested by state legislators in advance of legal cannabis sales. It looked at overall use, how adults consume marijuana, how often they drive while under the influence, hospitalizations and the economic impact.
Young adults are driving the high use rates in Massachusetts. Half of all 18 to 25 year olds who responded to the survey say they smoked or vaped the drug, or ate a marijuana-laced edible, in the past month.
“Those numbers are off the charts,” said Steven Davenport, an assistant policy researcher who focuses on marijuana at the RAND