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Figure 2.15 is a U.S. map showing average annual rates of first use of marijuana among persons aged 18 to 25, by State, for 2002. States listed here in alphabetical order within each group were divided into five groups based on the magnitude of their percentages. States in the highest group (8.43 to 11.80 percent) were Alaska, District of Columbia, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. States in the next highest group (7.73 to 8.42 percent) were Connecticut, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia. States in the mid group (7.03 to 7.72 percent) were Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming. States in the next lowest group (6.30 to 7.02 percent) were Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. States in the lowest group (5.26 to 6.29 percent) were Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

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