In a report published on April 20, to mark 4/20, a day dedicated to smoking marijuana, The Telegraph mapped out the world according to countries’ consumption of cannabis, and guess who made it on the list…
Yes, you heard that right.
In 2015, the country’s Tobacco Merchants Association in Cairo and Giza “submitted a proposal to the cabinet in order to legalize the trade and use of Hash” (a drug made from cannabis), arguing that the legislation would help “reduce the state budget deficit within a few years through imposing taxes on Hash.”
The top ten countries on the report are: Iceland, the United States, Nigeria, Canada, Chile, France, New Zealand, Bermuda, Australia and Zambia.
Legalizing cannabis and similar substances
In recent years many countries around the world have been proposing changes to cannabis laws.
According to The Telegraph “Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001 and within a decade substance abuse was reported to have halved – though that’s not to say the dip in drug taking was directly down to the policy.”
Uruguay has adopted a similar approach, legalizing marijuana in 2013.
In the U.S., many states including California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted for the drug to be legalized.