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Figure 2.14 is a U.S. map showing average annual rates of first use of marijuana among youths aged 12 to 17, 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 (8.29 to 9.41 percent) were Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. States in the next highest group (7.50 to 8.28 percent) were Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wyoming. States in the mid group (6.68 to 7.49 percent) were Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and South Dakota. States in the next lowest group (6.14 to 6.67 percent) were Alabama, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. States in the lowest group (4.64 to 6.13 percent) were Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah.

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