A new study names the best and worst cities for adults to enjoy legal marijuana. Discover what factors determine the best places and how a total of 5 cities around Illinois did not do well in the study.

Best Cities To Get High

What All Illinois Employees Need To Know About Marijuana Law

Mention that headline above to almost anyone in Illinois and they'll tell you, "it ain't here!"

A brand new study from LawnStarter set out to find which cities across America, including the District of Columbia, are favored by adults who regularly use marijuana products.

While there are several ways to consume cannabis, it seems like this study focused on those who smoke flower and vape, and you'll see what I mean.

The study uses only cities in states where adult recreational use is legal. Even smaller cities were removed from the study. That kept the list of places to consider down to 105.

According to WCIA, Lawnstarter compared the biggest and weed-friendliest U.S. cities based on 17 metrics that included access to top-rated dispensaries, places to enjoy it away from home like consumption lounges, bud and breakfasts (like B&Bs), and munchie relievers.

MORE: One Of America’s Best B & B’s is in Galena and It’s Marijuana-Friendly

Aldrich Guest House Facebook, Canva
Aldrich Guest House Facebook, Canva
I-Rock 93.5 logo
Get our free mobile app

According to LawnStarter

Best US Cities to Get High

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Santa Ana, CA
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Long Beach, CA
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Torrance, CA
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Eugene, OR

Here's the BOTTOM of the list, the cities where getting high isn't much fun.

Activists March In Support Of Marijuana Legalisation
Getty Images

Worst US Cities To Get High

  1. Newark, NJ
  2. Bridgeport, CT
  3. Joliet, IL
  4. Rockford, IL
  5. Paterson, NJ
  6. Newport News, VA
  7. Syracuse, NY
  8. Hampton, VA
  9. Surprise, AZ
  10. Chesapeake, VA

MORE: Say Goodbye To Illinois: Top City To Relocate For Better Cost Of Living

Are you surprised to see Rockford on this list? I can't speak for the other cities since I live in the 815.

I'm not sure exactly how many dispensaries, top-rated or otherwise, there are in Rockford but I'm pretty sure it's less than six.

There are ZERO consumption lounges or Bud & Breakfasts in RockVegas.


MORE: 5 Hilarious Town Names to Replace Rockford

About that "muchie relievers" metric the study used. We seem pretty snack-heavy here in the 815 so I’m not sure what that’s about but regardless, Rockford is near the bottom of the list.

Three other Illinois cities landed on the WORST list.

64. Chicago

71. Naperville

95. Aurora

MORE: Once Popular Illinois Mall Set to Be Demolished This Summer

19 of the Stupidest Parking Jobs in Illinois

Discover why Illinois, particularly Rockford, has earned a reputation for having some of the worst drivers in the US, according to a recent Forbes study.

Gallery Credit: Steve Shannon

What Illinois License Plates Looked Like the Year You Were Born

Take a look at the history of Illinois license plates. This photo gallery includes every plate used in the Land of Lincoln from 1911 to 2023. 

Gallery Credit: Steve Shannon

More From I-Rock 93.5