Which countries have the highest rates of cannabis use?
CANNABIS continues to be the world’s illicit drug of choice. There are between 119m and 224m users worldwide according to the UN’s latest World Drug Report published on June 26th. The Pacific island of Palau reports the highest rate: nearly a quarter of people aged 15 to 64 smoked pot in the past year. Italians and Americans also like to get high, with rates of 14.6% and 14.1% respectively. In Uruguay, where plans to legalise cannabis are being mooted, the rate is 5.6%. While consumption is stable or falling in much of the developed world, it is rising in parts of Asia and Africa. Production is harder to measure but, according to the report, cannabis cultivation in Afghanistan in 2010 was almost twice as lucrative as growing opium poppies.