Data Shows Three American Metro Areas Where Pot is More Popular Than Tobacco

If you’re out and about in Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco, you’ll probably have more luck scoring a toke than bumming a smoke. 

That’s according to fresh market research data from Nielsen, which measured the ubiquity of marijuana and nicotine in various United States metropolitan areas. 

The data, which was detailed in a story published last week by the Seattle Times, showed that in those three aforementioned cities, cannabis is actually more popular than nicotine use. That may not come as much of a surprise, given the cultural makeup of those areas, as well as the laws in the states where they are located. In 2012, Washington (along with Colorado) became the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Voters in Oregon and California followed suit by passing legalization measures of their own in 2014 and 2016, respectively. 

The Nielsen research found that 20 percent of adults in Portland said they had consumed cannabis in the last 30 days, compared with 19 percent who reported using nicotine in the same time frame. In Seattle, 17 percent said they used cannabis, compared with 16 percent who used nicotine, while in San Francisco 16 percent consumed cannabis and 13 percent used

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