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Nearly half of all inmates in the United States are serving sentences for drug offenses.

But exactly which drugs are getting people locked up?

In more than half of the 50 states, it's meth. According to research from the United States Sentencing Commission, methamphetamine produced more offenses than any other drug in 27 states, including much of the West, Midwest and the South.

DrugAbuse.com put together a graphic using data from the sentencing commission:

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Heroin produced the most drug offenses in 10 states, while powder cocaine produced the most or tied for the most in seven, including Washington, D.C.

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This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, packages of hard drugs are seen in the rear driver side quarter panel of a car carrying more than $377,000 worth of heroin and methamphetamine, seized at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an officer has ripped apart an ice chest that has packages of hard drugs wrapped around a hollowed out shell that was in a car driven by a Mexican man accused of carrying five pounds of heroin and five pounds of methamphetamine, seized at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
This Wednesday, June 10, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows 16 packages of methamphetamine and heroin found in a car being driven by two Mexican nationals at the U.S.-Mexico border port of entry in Nogales, Ariz. The drugs are worth over $377,000. Authorities are reporting an alarming increase in the number of methamphetamine seizures at border ports of entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
An iguana hangs from the uniform of a Mexican soldier during the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A criminal expert shows Crystal meth at the German federal police in Wiesbaden, Germany, Thursday, Nov.13, 2014. Authorities have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and the Czech Republic, German police said Thursday. The chloroephedrine seized in the eastern German city of Leipzig last week could have been used to produce 2.3 tons of crystal meth with an estimated street value of 184 million euros (US $230 million), the Federal Criminal Police Office said. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
The Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, middle, watches as Deputy Brandon Jones, right, and Deputy Joaquin Enriquez, left, unload a seizure of 51 pounds of meth, from a bust at a house in west Phoenix prior to a news conference at the Maricopa County Sheriff's Training Center on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Phoenix. One arrest was made in the bust. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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Marijuana may be the most widely used illicit substance in the country, but it was responsible for the most drug offenses in just four states. Twenty-five states and D.C. have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

Here's the breakdown of drug offenses state by state:

state sentencingFlickr/Myfuture.com

The graphic illustrates just how pervasive meth has become in some states. In Hawaii and Montana, meth was responsible for more than 90% of all drug offenses. And in North Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho, the figure topped 70%.

Meanwhile, Arizona stands out for its disproportionately high rate of marijuana sentences. The state has arguably the toughest marijuana penalties in the country — possessing any amount of the drug under two pounds can carry a sentence of up to two years.

Read the whole report from DrugAbuse.com here.

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