These Cities Instagram The Most About Marijuana

Marijuana is on the minds of more people in Los Angeles than anywhere else in the country - according to one social media measure, at least.

The Los Angeles-based Aizman Law Firm analyzed geotagged Instagram posts that used words and phrases commonly associated with cannabis culture, and discovered that LA topped the list, with New York coming second and Denver third.

The firm used various hashtags to see which places posted the most pictures, including #weed, #maryjane, #marijuana and #420.

New York and California have legal medical but not recreational marijuana. They may both have beaten out Denver, which has legal recreational and medical marijuana markets, because they're simply so much bigger. According to a recent LA Weekly article, Los Angeles has 935 "gray market" medical marijuana dispensaries, which is more than the number of legal outlets in the entire state of Colorado, let alone Denver.

New York has a much newer and smaller medical marijuana program, but it is a city of more than eight-million people.

The other cities that rounded the top 10: Portland, Oregon; San Fransisco, Edgewater, New Jersey; Spring Valley, Texas; Seattle, San Diego; and Glendale, Arizona.

h/t Forbes, LA Weekly.


I've been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I'm all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.) So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference. Located in what's called the Valentine Grass Room in an industrial area past the hustle and bustle of the DTLA skyscrapers, Microscopes & Machines (M&M) boasted a diverse array of speakers, from doctors and lawyers to chemists and cultivators on the frontlines of the cannabis industry.

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