Which country smokes the most pot? That is the question! According to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, back in 2012, it was Iceland. In fact 18% of Iceland’s population were smoking doobies according to the study. By looking at those figures you’ll see the USA was right behind them at 15.3% in 2013. New data points out a lot of the information used in the past just isn’t accurate. How have things changed around the world in 2016? Let’s find out. Read on.
Years or months?
When this statistic first came out Iceland got a lot of attention in the headlines. They weren’t happy about it and have since claimed this data isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. An article in MarketWatch cited a professor named Jonathan Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon University who said, “Measuring past-year users doesn’t show us anything because so many people use very rarely, so they don’t factor into demand and they don’t factor into the public health harms.”
According to Caulkins, the true tell of the tape is to look at users who get stoned on a daily basis. Those are the people that need to be polled most in these studies apparently, so forget about all the lightweights! But seriously, by looking at past-month data we can all get closer to figuring out which country is really number one.
Daily usage a key factor
Several studies have calculated past-month use. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which was released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration back in September 2015, is a study that sheds some interesting light. It polled Americans aged 12 and older who consumed Marijuana 21 days straight or more. It’s been estimated this means 2.6% of Americans are daily users. There’s a study done by the University of Michigan which has reported one in seventeen college students used daily back in 2014, which is one of the highest rates since the 80s.
There’s a study done by the University of Michigan which has reported one in seventeen college students used daily back in 2014, which is one of the highest rates since the ’80s.
It’s not Uruguay
When it comes to other places in the world with a large population of pot users you might think about Amsterdam, but when you look at a similar study done by the EU, or more specifically the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, you’ll find the Netherlands only has 3.3% of the population using cannabis regularly in past-month data. In the
In the USA it’s 35%, in Spain 34%, 33% in France and 24% in Italy. Where’s the pro-marijuana country of Uruguay in all this data you wonder? It’s been reported online just only 14% of Uruguayans use pot.
Who’s really number one?
Past-month data actually takes Iceland out of the race altogether and instead it shows Spain and the USA tied when it comes to the coveted number one position! Smoking weed is legal in Washington DC, as we all know, so isn’t it about time we make events like the Cannabis Cup an Olympic sport? I can already hear the crowds chanting “USA! USA!” can’t you?
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