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Louisville ranks worst city nationally for weed, marijuana use ahead of 4/20

4/20, a beloved holiday for cannabis users to spark up and pass the pipe, is quickly approaching, but Louisville residents and stoners in the area are out of luck.

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Despite more than half of people preferring marijuana over alcohol if only one could be legal in the U.S., according to a study from the American Addiction Centers, the magical plant isn't so popular in Kentucky.

Louisville ranks worst city nationally for weed ahead of 4/20

According to Real Estate Witch, the organization worked with Leafly to rank the 50 largest U.S. cities in order from best to worst for stoners. Metrics taken into consideration included the legality of cannabis, the number of dispensaries per 100,000 residents, number of medical cannabis doctors per 100,000 residents, the average cost of a high-quality ounce, the price of a medium-quality ounce and more.

Louisville was No. 50 on the list, coming in last place. While the state has plans to launch its medical cannabis program in January 2025, it's significantly behind when it comes to the marijuana movement. According to the website, 37 states have already legalized weed for medicinal use, with 24 states and the District of Columbia allowing for recreational use as well.

David Downs, senior content manager at Leafly, said, “We’re praying for Louisville. We’re hoping for change in Kentucky, and it’s just a matter of time.”

Based on the data, Louisville residents search for marijuana-related terms about 21% less than those in other cities and visit about 50% less. Furthermore, the average high-end ounce in the city costs nearly $350, with a medium-end ounce averaging around $254.

The city also has 0.1 marijuana retailers per 100,000 residents and 0.1 medical cannabis doctors per 100,000 residents.


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