Data Visualization: Marijuana in Maine

I’m taking some Coursera courses on Data Visualization using Tableau and decided I need to practice. So I made some things, I’ll probably try to do one project or so per week. I’m sure someone else has made something similar to what I have but it was fun to track down the date and create it myself.

The following map displays how different counties voted on Question 1 to legalize recreational marijuana. Green counties had over 50% support and red counties had less than 50% support. I couldn’t figure out how to get Tableau to display the numbers as a percentage instead of a decimal (it keeps converting percentage to text… whatever, I’ll figure it out).

maine-map

The following graph looks at Median Household Income, Support for Marijuana Legalization, and color codes each county by which Presidential candidate won the majority in that county. As you can see, there seems to be a correlation between a high median household income, increased support for marijuana legalization, and voting for Clinton. I also compared median age, percent of the population over 60, and how white the county was (Maine is SUPER white… like, unbelievably so), but none of those data points seemed to correlate.

issue-1-vs-median-household-income

So, curious about some data that you’d like to see visualized? Shoot me a message, I’m always looking for new projects. Until then, I’m going to keep tweaking this to make it more aesthetic and play with other data.

Interesting Things – Thursday (11/14/13)

Here is today’s collection of things I found interesting online.

Marijuana: Police officers in Colorado have begun purchasing “nose telescopes” to detect marijuana odors and give out tickets for anyone who lets the smell of weed waft about publicly. It appears that the battle continues, even after a drug is legalized… the government will continue to find ways to profit off of you. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10448756/Police-use-nose-telescope-for-cannabis-odour-mapping.html)

Quote of the Day: “If it’s still in your mind, it is probably worth the risk” – Paulo Coelho

Prostitution: Prohibition always, always, always makes things worse. People will use drugs, pay for sex, and gamble no matter what. When you put it on the black market you end and ruin lives. Everyone, particularly the women, would be better off if prostitution was legal. (http://www.businessinsider.com/why-america-should-legalize-prostitution-2013-11)

Art: A painter creates beautiful works of art that create an optical illusion. It is incredibly mesmerizing. (http://retelly.com/art/artist-riusuke-fukahori-paints-three-dimensional-goldfish-embedded-in-layers-of-resin)

Privacy: The NSA continues to defend their spying programs and fight against any reasonable oversight. That agency is becoming increasingly frightening and we should be ever vigilante against those who would violate our rights in name of security, their intentions are irrelevant. (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/11/nsa-transparency-effect/)

Secession: Syrian Kurds have declared their independence for Syria and have set up their own government. I support any group of people to peacefully withdraw from the government if it no longer supports their interests, and in some cases I support violent revolution. The world needs more of this. (http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/11/12/Syrian-Kurds-declare-autonomous-government.html)

Nuclear Weapons: A 7-minute video showing the thousands of nuclear blasts that humans have created on the planet since we first split the atom. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U8CZAKSsNA)