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Figure 2.18 is a U.S. map showing first use of marijuana among youths aged 12 to 17, 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 (7.82 to 10.35 percent) were Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont. States in the next highest group (6.97 to 7.81 percent) were Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. States in the mid group (6.64 to 6.96 percent) were Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. States in the next lowest group (5.98 to 6.63 percent) were Arizona, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Wyoming. States in the lowest group (4.50 to 5.97 percent) were Alabama, California, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Utah.

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