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Figure 2.17 is a U.S. map showing first use of marijuana among persons aged 12 or older, by State: average annual rates based on 2002 and 2003 NSDUHs. 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 (2.07 to 2.70 percent) were Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. States in the next highest group (1.96 to 2.06 percent) were Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. States in the mid group (1.80 to 1.95 percent) were Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming. States in the next lowest group (1.71 to 1.79 percent) were Arizona, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. States in the lowest group (1.38 to 1.70 percent) were Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

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