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Table 1 Public internet search interest in Cannabis legalization when Cannabis is on the Ballot

From: Public interest in Cannabis during election season: a Google Trends analysis

State Election date Medical or recreational Pre-election internet search interest a [95, CI] Increase b [95, CI]
Alaska Nov 2014 Recreational 36.2 [34.5–37.9] 63.8% [62.1–65.5]
Arizona Nov 2016 Recreational 56.5 [53.9–59.1] 43.5% [40.9–46.1]
Arkansas Nov 2016 Medical 43.0 [41.3–44.7] 57.0% [55.3–58.7]
California Nov 2016 Recreational 45.3 [43.3–47.2] 52.7% [50.8–54.7]
Colorado Nov 2012 Recreational 35.6 [33.4–37.8] 29.4% [27.2–31.6]
Florida Nov 2016 Medical 51.4 [49.7–53.1] 48.6% [46.9–50.3]
Maine Nov 2016 Recreational 39.2 [37.8–40.7] 60.8% [59.3–62.2]
Massachusetts Nov 2012 Medical 39.7 [38.1–41.3] 30.3% [28.7–31.9]
Michigan Nov 2018 Recreational 39.6 [38.5–40.8] 60.4% [59.2–61.5]
Missouri Nov 2018 Medical 40.7 [39.3–42.1] 59.3% [57.9–60.7]
Nevada Nov 2016 Recreational 28.4 [27.2–29.6] 44.6% [43.4–45.8]
North Dakota Nov 2016 Medical 35.5 [33.9–37.1] 64.5% [62.9–66.1]
Ohio Nov 2015 Recreational 60.4 [58.5–62.3] 28.6% [26.7–30.5]
Oklahoma June 2018 Medical 26.8 [25.5–28.1] 64.2% [62.9–65.5]
Oregon Nov 2014 Recreational 34.9 [33.4–36.3] 11.1% [9.7–12.6]
South Dakota Nov 2010 Medical 57.4 [52.4–62.4] 36.6% [31.6–41.6]
Utah Nov 2018 Medical 48.9 [46.4–51.4] 51.1% [48.6–53.6]
Washington Nov 2012 Recreational 41.6 [39.6–43.6] 58.4% [56.4–60.4]
  1. aFor each state election, the mean internet search interest for “cannabis” was obtained from May 1, 2008 through the month before each specific state election
  2. bThe percent increase in relative internet search interest during the voting month compared to the mean relative internet search interest beginning May 1, 2008 and ending the month prior to voting on the bill