Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Milwaukee ranks one of the worst cities for marijuana ahead of 4/20, study says

From JSOnline:

Alex Groth
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As the day for celebrating marijuana, 4/20, approaches, a new report ranks Milwaukee as one of the worst cities in the country for weed.

Slightly under two-thirds of registered Wisconsin voters support legalizing marijuana, according to a 2022 Marquette Law School Poll. Despite that, marijuana remains illegal in Wisconsin, and Milwaukee is near the bottom of a list ranking the best cities for weed in the country, according to a report from Real Estate Witch, who worked with Leafly to rank 50 cities for weed.

Milwaukee is one of the worst cities ranked for weed

Marijuana buds

Milwaukee ranked No. 43, landing it amongst the worst ten cities in the country for weed, according to the report. Metrics included the legality of cannabis, dispensaries per 100,000 residents, number of medical cannabis-prescribing doctors per 100,000 residents, among others.

According to the report, Milwaukee has 2.86 marijuana retailers per 100,000 residents, and no cannabis prescribing doctors per 100,000 residents.

Marijuana use, both medical and recreational, is still illegal in Wisconsin. Penalties for possession vary. A first offense is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of 6 months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Additional offense are charged as felonies.

Transporting marijuana from one state back to Wisconsin is a federal crime because cannabis is still illegal under federal law. Wisconsin is entirely surrounded by neighboring states that have made marijuana legal for medical and/or recreational use.

What is 4/20?

April 20, also known as 4/20, is a day celebrated in support of marijuana and also serves as a rallying day for those advocating for the legalization of cannabis. People have celebrated 4/20 since the 1970s, according to National Day Calendar.

How many states have legalized marijuana?

More than a decade since Colorado and Washington became the first states to allow marijuana for recreational purposes, there are now 24 states that have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and another 14 states that allow the drug for medical use only. According to Pew Research, 54% of Americans live in a state where the recreational use of marijuana is legal. 74% of Americans live in a state where marijuana is legal for recreational or medical use.

Top cities for weed in the U.S.

According to the report, these are the top ten best cities for weed in the U.S.:

  1. Denver, CO
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Las Vegas, NV
  4. Buffalo, NY
  5. Baltimore, MD
  6. Phoenix, AZ
  7. Seattle, WA
  8. Sacramento, CA
  9. Kansas City, MO
  10. Providence, RI

Worst cities for weed in the U.S.

According to the report, these are the top ten worst cities for weed in the U.S.:

  1. Louisville, KY
  2. Dallas, TX
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. Houston, TX
  5. Birmingham, AL
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Charlotte, NC
  8. Milwaukee, WI
  9. Memphis, TN
  10. Indianapolis, IN

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