Top 5 weed-smoking countries

Based on the percentage of the total population.

Top 5 weed-smoking countries

1) Iceland

Iceland is a country island situated just below the Arctic Circle, it is a relatively small country with a population of 364,134. Marijuana's possession, cultivation, sale, and consumption are illegal in Iceland. Possession and sale of marijuana are often penalized with a fine of $550 USD or with jail time of at least three months, depending on the amount of marijuana.(Mapes). Even medical marijuana is illegal, in fact, the only type of medical marijuana allowed in the country is "Sativex", which is a spray used for Muscular Dystrophy. Despite the fact that marijuana is illegal in Iceland 18.3% of its population smokes weed, which means that around 66,636.552 people smoke weed in Iceland.

Reykjavik, Iceland

2)United States of America

The United States of America is located in North America between Mexico (South) and Canada (North) with a population of 328.2 million, the USA is the third most populated country in the world. Medical marijuana of some form is legal in most of the fifty states in the USA except for Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina while recreational marijuana is only legal in a few states including; Alaska, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Maine. Even though marijuana is much more accessible and accepted in the US than in Iceland the percentage of people that smoke weed in the US is lower; 16.3% of the USA population smoke weed, so around 53,496,600 people smoke weed in the USA.

Washington D.C., United States of America

3) Nigeria

Nigeria is located in West Africa along the Atlantic Ocean's Gulf of Guinea, it is the most populated country in the African continent with a population of 195.9 million. According to the cannabis analytical firm, New Frontier Data Nigerians spend over $15 billion on marijuana every year. Regardless of the huge amount of money that Nigerians spend on marijuana, it still remains illegal for both medical and recreational use. But still around 14.3% of Nigeria's population smoke weed, which means that around 28,013,700 people smoke weed in Nigeria.

Abuja, Nigeria

4)Canada

Canada is located in North America and stretches from the Pacific Ocean in the West to the Atlantic Ocean in the east; borders with the USA in the south and the Arctic Ocean in the North. Its population only reaches 37.59 million, which is smaller than California's population. Canada became the second country in the world to make cannabis federally legal for recreational use in 2018. With the legalization of marijuana, it was expected that the black market for cannabis would disappear, but the demand for marijuana has been surpassing the supply of it, and as a consequence price for legally sourced cannabis are higher than illegally sourced cannabis, which is still keeping the black market open. Regardless of the shortage of marijuana a standing 12.7% of Canada's population smoke weed, or we could also say that around 4,773,930 people smoke weed in Canada.

Ottawa, Canada

5) Chile

Chile is located in South America, bordered by Argentina to the East, and Bolivia and Peru to the North. Its population reaches 18.73 million. Medical marijuana is legal in the country since 2015 while recreational marijuana is not legal, but it is not criminalized. This means that people can grow a certain amount of weed plants at their own house for personal use, but if anyone is caught with cannabis in public, their marijuana will be confiscated and they will receive a fine (CANNA). Although marijuana isn't allowed in public around 11.83% of Chile's population smoke weed, which means that around 2,215,759 people smoke weed in Chile.

Santiago, Chile

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