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Old 09-01-2012, 12:38 PM
 
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Adult lifetime cannabis use by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The low rate in some seemingly liberal nations like Sweden, with only 12% using it in their lifetime
Sweden is far from liberal in this respect. They have some of the harshest drug laws in the world.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I would like to see how Canada's alleged 40% of cannabis users breaks down by age group. At 20 I could see that high a percentage among people I knew, but at 40 hardly anyone I know smokes it anymore. Most people I do know that still smoke it regularly are burned-out ne'er do wells or lowlife criminals who seem to be somewhat lacking in common sense and cognitive reasoning abilities (likely because long-term abuse of marijuana tends to turn your brain into mush). They are mainly employed at menial, unfulfilling jobs, seem to lack any ambition whatsoever to change their station in life and are just as likely to abuse Oxy, MDMA, coke or any number of other drugs when the opportunity presents itself.
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Smoking the odd joint socially and taking mdma at say a rave now and again hardly makes you "burned-out ne'er do wells or lowlife criminals who seem to be somewhat lacking in common sense and cognitive reasoning abilities"
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Old 09-01-2012, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I would like to see how Canada's alleged 40% of cannabis users breaks down by age group. At 20 I could see that high a percentage among people I knew, but at 40 hardly anyone I know smokes it anymore. Most people I do know that still smoke it regularly are burned-out ne'er do wells or lowlife criminals who seem to be somewhat lacking in common sense and cognitive reasoning abilities (likely because long-term abuse of marijuana tends to turn your brain into mush). They are mainly employed at menial, unfulfilling jobs, seem to lack any ambition whatsoever to change their station in life and are just as likely to abuse Oxy, MDMA, coke or any number of other drugs when the opportunity presents itself.
The statistics are for the percentage of people who have ever tried the drug in their life, not how many smoke it regularly. So if a 40 year old tried it when they were twenty, they would be counted.

This is the list that tells you what percentage of people smoked it in the last year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annual_...use_by_country

I think the anglospheric nations have a higher percentage because cannabis became very popular in them during the 1960's so there's more older folks around who'd admit to having tried it? For example, my link shows that people in the Czech Republic have a higher annual cannabis use the Canadians do, but they rank lower in the lifetime use list, perhaps because their older generations didn't have as much access to it during the communist era.
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Old 09-02-2012, 05:52 PM
 
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Mexico's 7% or so is pretty surprising, as well.
This isn't really surprising to me. Ordinary Mexicans are not big drug users/abuses. In fact, drug experimentation and use is probably more taboo there than in the United States. Just because a lot of narcotics are grown, developed and shipped through Mexico does NOT mean that drug usage is so common among the everyday citizen of Mexico.
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Old 09-03-2012, 03:53 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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Smoking weed is very common among young people in the UK and is not really frown upon - if smoked in moderation - even among older people in liberal, urban circles.

However I get the impression it is even more of a thing in the States and Canada - perhaps because licencing (alcohol) laws are stricter? It's easier for teenagers to get stoned than drunk - whereas in England the opposite is true.

Another difference I have noticed is that here in Europe it's nearly always smoked mixed with tobacco - whereas across the Atlantic it's smoked neat.
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Old 09-03-2012, 04:57 AM
 
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However I get the impression it is even more of a thing in the States and Canada - perhaps because licencing (alcohol) laws are stricter?
Curiously the US and Canada are almost polar opposites in this regard.

Drinking age is 18-19 (varies by Province) in Canada. Marijuana use is technically illegal but "often unenforced" as Wikipedia says.

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-A July 13, 2007, decision in Ontario Provincial court has ruled that criminal possession laws for cannabis are unconstitutional (R. v. Long). However, Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said that nothing will change about how the police deal with marijuana possession for the time being.

-Possession of cannabis is not illegal in Canada according to Justice Edmonson of the Ontario Court of Justice in R. v. Bodnar/Hall/Spasic - "there is no offence known to law which the accused have committed."
Legality of cannabis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the US the drinking age is 21 and the drug war rages on.
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Old 09-03-2012, 06:45 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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^ A bit off topic but I always wonder the 'drinking age' in different countries. In Australia, under-18's can still drink under the supervision of a parent or guardian, is this the case in the US? I can you drink a can of beer if dad says it's okay and supervises you?
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:33 AM
 
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Legal drinking age - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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When I was under 18 I would have a 'snowball' around Christmas.. I think a lot of under 18's do here.
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