10 countries that surprisingly consume cannabis
Which countries smoke the most weed? Most people probably think that the most important countries could be: the Netherlands, given Amsterdam's love for cannabis coffee shops and clubs. Or Jamaica perhaps, seeing how ganja plays such an important role in Rastafarian culture. Portugal, maybe? The decriminalization of 2001 launched a new way the world treats drug users, they have to be on the list, right? Well, the new data from the United Nations (UNODC) reduces all of our assumptions… The latest data suggests that Iceland has the highest percentage of pot smokers per population. Portugal are not even in the top 30, while the Netherlands and Jamaica are in 20th and 22nd places respectively.
THEUNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is "to produce and disseminate accurate statistics on drugs, crime and criminal justice internationally." According to their findings, 18,3% of the Icelandic population uses cannabis by placing them as 1 in marijuana-consuming countries around the world. So, here is a list of the top 10 countries that are unofficially or officially in favor of cannabis:
- Iceland 18,3%
- United States 16,3%
- Nigeria 14,3%
- Canada 12,7%
- Chile 11,83%
- France 11,1%
- New Zealand 11%
- Bermuda 10,9%
- Australia 10,2%
- Zambia 9,5%
Illegal in countries that use it the most
What's remarkable about these top ten countries, none of them have fully legalized the use of marijuana. In addition, recreational use and cultivation are still largely illegal in each of these countries. And without forgetting that the decriminalization which has not yet been done to a large extent. Ironically, countries like Portugal and Uruguay that have decriminalized all drug use have seen a decline in both illicit drug use and cannabis use.
The theory is that, alcohol was banned from 1915 until 1989. Thus, grass became the natural vice of choice for its citizens. However, if you are planning to take a trip to Iceland, be warned. Owning small amounts or smoking in public places is punishable in the form of fines or even jail for repeat offenders. But there may be hope on the horizon ...
Former Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson said in 2013,
We have to admit that the war on drugs has long been lost. It is better to prevent the marginalization of young people than to imprison them for using soft drugs which are comparatively harmless. If we allow the sale of alcohol, there is no reason to ban soft drugs any longer.
The United States is ready to go all the way
The United States has been making steady progress in the use of marijuana for years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), "Marijuana is the most used illegal drug in the United States". Its ranking in 2nd position being one of the weakest populations against tobacco and per capita. So the momentum of legalization and the projections of the cannabis industry's “green rush” could place the United States at No. 1 over the next five years.