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UN offers map on marijuana use

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.

Happy U.N. Day. Or not

If you have a calendar that lists a wide-enough array of special days, you could check to discover that today is United Nations Day. The U.N. was formed 66 years ago today.

In Olympia, however, it is un-U.N. Day for about 60 people who gathered on the steps of the state Capitol. They came to celebrate “American Exceptionalism” and sovereignty, and suggest the United States get out of the U.N., and the organization's headquarters should get out of New York City. Wouldn't Donald Trump like to get his hands on that prime Manhattan real estate, one speaker wondered.

The demonstration was sponsored by several Tea Party organizations, the Freedom Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation. A couple of motorcyclist in leathers from the Sons of Liberty Riders also made an appearance.

As protests go, it wasn't particularly large,. There's no legislative session going on and this is a pretty peaceful place, so it's pretty easy to get noticed, but sometimes hard to draw a crowd.

It’s Un-U.N. Day in Oly

OLYMPIA — Folks who would like to get the United States out of the United Nations, and vice versa, have planned a rally today at the state Capitol.

Advance info for the rally says to expect representatives from The Freedom Foundation, the Second Amendment Foundation, the Olympia Tea Party, the Sons of Liberty Riders and Shahram Hadian, a candidate for governor next year.

They'll be a few blocks up the hill from the encampment of Occupy Olympia demonstrators, so one never knows what might develop with the cross-pollination of different protests.

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