There are a lot of people across the country who turn to weed for various reasons whether it’s for inspiration, relaxation, relief, or anything in between. There are 18 states where using weed is legal recreationally, but not all the cities in those states are as weed-friendly as others. And there’s a handy map that breaks it down for us.
LawnStarter wanted to find out which of the nearly 100 biggest U.S. cities where recreational weed use is legal is the friendliest. To rank the cities, they narrowed down the 200 most populated cities in the U.S. From there, they excluded the cities where non-medical use and commercial sale of marijuana were not legal, as of April 1, 2022.
They excluded Washington, D.C., and cities in Maine, Montana, and Vermont since they didn’t meet the dataset metrics for population size. This left them with 97 cities in total and they ranked them from best (number 1) to worst (number 97) for people who like weed.
The metrics used in the rankings included 420-friendly lodging, consumption lounges, head shops, and access to dispensaries. They also factored in the availabilities of munchie relief, events, and tours. The individual rankings were compiled and given an overall score out of 100, then listed from best to worst.
Curious? Here are the lowest-ranked for weed-friendliness, from worst on up:
97. Newark, NJ, with an overall score of 10.22
96. Chesapeake, VA, with an overall score of 11.53
95. Newport News, VA, with an overall score of 11.55
94. Bridgeport, CT, with an overall score of 12.83
93. Norfolk, VA, with an overall score of 15.2
92. North Las Vegas, NV, with an overall score of 15.72
91. Syracuse, NY, with an overall score of 15.74
90. Virginia Beach, VA, with an overall score of 16.34
89. Rockford, IL, with an overall score of 16.51
88. Chula Vista, CA, with an overall score of 16.71
Now for the good news. These are the 10 best weed-friendly cities in the U.S:
1. San Francisco, CA, with an overall score of 69.46
2. Denver, CO, with an overall score of 51.56
3. Las Vegas, NV, with an overall score of 50.53
4. Long Beach, CA, with an overall score of 46.61
5. Los Angeles, CA, with an overall score of 46.5
6. Oakland, CA, with an overall score of 45.14
7. Pasadena, CA, with an overall score of 44.09
8. Portland, OR, with an overall score of 42.39
9. Torrance, CA, with an overall score of 42.11
10. San Diego, CA, with an overall score of 42
If you’re looking to move or visit somewhere that’s pro-weed and weed-friendly, moving to California seems to be the safest bet.