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Somehow, this news doesn’t surprise me

July 11, 2007

From YahooNews:

A U.N. report showing Canadians use more marijuana than people in any other industrialized country is more evidence that the drug should be legalized, activists said on Tuesday.

The 2007 World Drug Report found that 16.8 percent of Canadians between 15 and 64 used marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis or pot, at least once in the past year, four times more than the global average of 3.8 percent.

That compared to an average 10.7 percent in North America and 5.6 percent in Europe, said the report, issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in late June.

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world with 160 million people using it at least once in 2005, the U.N. report said.

Papua New Guinea topped the marijuana list with 29.5 percent of the population using it, followed by Micronesia, Ghana, Zambia and Canada, according to the annual finding.

Canadian media report that the number of people arrested for smoking marijuana rose dramatically in several Canadian cities last year after the Conservatives took office and killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Laws on possession of marijuana in Canada are generally more relaxed than those in the United States.

I don’t think this information should surprise anyone, although I’m not sure how much the percentages were influenced by the fact that the laws here in Canada are a lot less severe, and people may be more willing to be honest.

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2 comments

  1. “I’m not sure how much the percentages were influenced by the fact that the laws here in Canada are a lot less severe, and people may be more willing to be honest.”

    That was my first reaction when I heard about this story.


  2. just cause a lot of people are smoking it doesn’t mean we should go ahead and make it legal!? The Canadian government is a joke!



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