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UN offers map on marijuana use

This is a map of marijuana use around the world from data compiled in a United Nations study on drugs. (United Nations)
This is a map of marijuana use around the world from data compiled in a United Nations study on drugs. (United Nations)

The United Nations estimated marijuana use around the world, and the United States ranks pretty high.

Not as high per capita as Iceland, where about a fourth of the population regularly uses the drug. But Iceland's a small country, so that's only about 55,000 people, which is less than the number of people smoking pot in the Gorge during a summer of concerts.

The map is based on data from 2012, so it predates legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado. One other note: there's no data from big chunks of the world.




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