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Old 08-31-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Adult lifetime cannabis use by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I found this list interesting.

The highest rates of cannabis usage seem to be the Anglosphere countries: Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia (with the UK not far behind). Why is this? Other affluent Western nations, such as Germany and Ireland, have much lower rates of usage (24.5% for Germany and 17%).

The low rate in some seemingly liberal nations like Sweden, with only 12% using it in their lifetime, and Norway with 16.7%. Nearby Denmark, however, records 36.5%. Even in the Netherlands, very surprisingly, only 22.6% of adults have reported using it in their lifetimes! Is this difference largely due to laws? I mean Denmark has pretty similar culture to Sweden and Norway so I don't think that would explain it.

Japan's 1.5% is really low, although not that surprising. I heard they've got really tough laws, I remember when Paul McCartney got busted and jailed years ago.


What other stats surprised you?

In general, rates in most of the world were lower than expected. Personally, growing up in Australia, it seemed most people at least tried pot once or a few times (I mean I did). Mexico's 7% or so is pretty surprising, as well. All of the European countries had rates lower than I expected. i don't think anywhere surprised me by how prevalent the rate was, although the gap between Australia (33.5%) and the US, Canada, NZ (all over 40%) is sort of interesting.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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This got me thinking that pot use might be inversely proportionate with tobacco use by country. Thus, Asian countries don't smoke much pot but are heavy tobacco users. The US and Canada don't smoke much tobacco but love their marijuana.

I'd say health conscious countries opt for pot over tobacco. Then again, how can I call the US health conscious??
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Interestingly, Americans and Canadians smoke more than the Dutch (who are stereotyped by their Marijuana coffee shops.)

Also, Iran tends to tolerate Cannabis use more than the US even though it's still technically illegal there: Tehran, Iran | We Be High
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:16 PM
 
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Adult lifetime cannabis use by country - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I found this list interesting.

The highest rates of cannabis usage seem to be the Anglosphere countries: Canada, the US, New Zealand, Australia (with the UK not far behind). Why is this? Other affluent Western nations, such as Germany and Ireland, have much lower rates of usage (24.5% for Germany and 17%).

The low rate in some seemingly liberal nations like Sweden, with only 12% using it in their lifetime, and Norway with 16.7%. Nearby Denmark, however, records 36.5%. Even in the Netherlands, very surprisingly, only 22.6% of adults have reported using it in their lifetimes! Is this difference largely due to laws? I mean Denmark has pretty similar culture to Sweden and Norway so I don't think that would explain it.
The Danes are more liberal. For instance, hardcore pornography was illegal in Norway until the mid 00s.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Top of the South, NZ
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Only one person uses the stuff around here- Crazy Bob, he's nuttier than a bowl of Nutty Clusters.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:59 PM
 
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Japanese I am surprised. I have met a few Japanese that were real pot heads. Yet I met them not in Japan but overseas.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Japanese I am surprised. I have met a few Japanese that were real pot heads. Yet I met them not in Japan but overseas.
Me too, they also tend to have dreadlocks and busk playing music lol.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Nothing wrong with a good ol' joint after a hard days work
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:16 PM
 
Location: The heart of Cascadia
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Those Canucks are real stoners.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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I am curious about the cannabis and opium use in China. The stats are very, very low but this kind of contradict the common knowledge that they smoke tobacco, marijuana and opium a lot.
OPIUM, HASHISH AND ILLEGAL DRUGS IN CHINA - China | Facts and Details
There are other statistics that are not in par with Wiki.
Drug addiction statistics in Europe and Russia: Reference materials | Society | RIA Novosti
With statistics is just like that - the results seldom match the real life...
http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr/W...08_eng_web.pdf
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