Google Trends and "legal pot" January 29 2015, 0 Comments

Two interesting things from Google Trends.  As you can see from the chart below, searches for "legal pot" have been on an upward trend over the last few years:

 The 3 biggest recent spikes are from (in order) the 2012 election, January 2014 when recreational pot first became legal, and the 2014 election.

The other interesting trend is if you look at those searches by state:

Not surprisingly, Colorado and Washington State are the top 2.  Oregon and New Hampshire, with recent legal pot developments (former via November 2014 vote and the latter via a legislative push) are #3 and #4.

But what about Nebraska (with a score of 60, tied for #6)?  The high score suggests there's at least some interest among Nebraskans re: where to get legal pot - probably across the border in Colorado.  Also interesting that a bunch of states in the Southeast score high - suggesting also some interest in the Republican strongholds.  (Though to be clear, it's possible - though unlikely - that lots of people are searching for "legal pot" but against it.)