The legal status of cannabis is changing globally, with more countries opting to legalise recreational and medicinal use of the drug. But which countries smoke the most weed? Most people would probably assume that the top countries might be: the Netherlands, given Amsterdam’s love for cannabis coffee shops and clubs. Or Jamaica maybe, seeing how the weed plays a huge role in Rastafarian culture. Portugal, perhaps? Their 2001 decriminalization launched a new way that the world treats drug users, they must be high on the list, right? Well, new data from the United Nations is putting all of our assumptions to shame. The latest data suggests that Iceland has the highest percentage of pot smokers per population. Portugal doesn’t even crack the top 30, while the Netherlands and Jamaica come in 20th and 22nd place, respectively.
Which countries smoke the most weed?
Percentage of total population of the country which has admitted to smoking marijuana: 18.30%
With nearly a fifth of the entire population consuming weed, Iceland tops the list of 5 countries that consume the most marijuana.
Percentage of total population of the country which has admitted to smoking marijuana: 16.30%
The US has been steadily climbing in marijuana consumption for years.
Percentage of total population of the country which has admitted to smoking marijuana: 14.30%
While cannabis has only existed in Nigeria for a few decades, a culture of use has sprung up around it.
Percentage of total population of the country which has admitted to smoking marijuana: 12.70%
In Canada as of early 2017, cannabis is legal only for medicinal purposes and only under conditions outlined in the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations.
Percentage of total population of the country which has admitted to smoking marijuana: 11.83%
The country’s attitude toward the drug is relaxed, with discrete consumption on private property typically tolerated. Although possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use is decriminalised, recreational consumption of cannabis in public is still illegal.
What’s remarkable about these countries is that not one of them has fully legalized marijuana use. Recreational use and cultivation are still largely illegal across each of these countries, not to mention that decriminalization has yet to occur in some broad fashion.