America’s Highest National Park Is Not Denali…

…it’s Yosemite, where rangers issued the most citations for marijuana possession since 2009.
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…it’s Yosemite, where rangers issued the most citations for marijuana possession since 2009.

Dudebros: This’ll probably come as little surprise to you, but Yosemite National Park racked up the most citations for marijuana possessions on federal land since 2009, according an Associated Press analysis of court data. Of 27,700 tickets since then, 939 occurred in Yosemite. (No word on how much of that came from the infamous climbers’ Camp 4, but I’m gonna guess, oh say, 900.)

Golden Gate Recreation Area came in second with 902, and a surprise bronze goes to Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (huh?) in Missouri with 847. The next national park on the list is Great Smoky Mountains NP at No. 4 with 724.

Are our national parks infested with reefer renegades and pot hooligans? Not exactly, but it’s only going to get more complicated as weed laws get loosened everwhere (probably). More from the AP:

The number of citations issued is small compared to the hundreds of millions of visitors to national parks, forests and monuments each year.

But it nevertheless illustrates one of the many issues Washington, Colorado and other states that want to regulate marijuana face in complying with last month's Justice Department memo that calls on them to keep pot from being used, possessed or grown on federal land.

Here's a look at the top national parks, recreation areas and monuments for marijuana busts from Jan. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2013, according to data provided by the U.S. Courts Central Violations Bureau.

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA: 939

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, CA: 902

JEFFERSON NATIONAL EXPANSION MEMORIAL, MO: 847

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, TN/NC: 724

OZARK NATIONAL SCENIC RIVERWAYS, MO: 474

GATEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NY/NJ: 313

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AZ: 257

BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER, AR: 252

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, NV/AZ: 234

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WY: 230

CAPE COD NATIONAL SEASHORE, MA: 206

WHISKEYTOWN NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, CA: 203

SEQUOIA AND KING CANYON NATIONAL PARK, CA: 173

MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK, KY: 155

INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, PA: 148

CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, GA: 147

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, AR: 138

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, CA: 137

PADRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE, TX: 120

SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, VA: 116

Source: AP via ABC News