Make it Legal, eh, Man

10 07 2007

According to a report by Reuters,  Canadians smoke more weed than other industrialized countries, touting an impressive statistic that 16.8 percent of all Canadians between the ages of 15 and 65 have toked reef in the past year.   This is apparently more than 4 times the global rate.

With powerful and moving statistics like these, its no wonder the pot-heads are out in full force campaigning for the legalization of their favorite non-medicinal plant.

I for one am impressed something got the lazy pot-heads off their asses. . . .

 

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TORONTO (Reuters) – A U.N. report showing Canadians use more marijuana than people in any other industrialized country is more evidence that the drug should be legalized, activists said on Tuesday.

The 2007 World Drug Report found that 16.8 percent of Canadians between 15 and 64 used marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis or pot, at least once in the past year, four times more than the global average of 3.8 percent.

That compared to an average 10.7 percent in North America and 5.6 percent in Europe, said the report, issued by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in late June.

“This shows people are more open about it. They don’t see anything wrong with it,” said Robin Ellins, whose shop in downtown Toronto sells products as diverse as cannabis lollipops and T-shirts made of hemp, as well as a wide range of smoking accessories.

Ellins said he and other activists have been trying to push the government to legalize marijuana smoking for years. He said the report adds fresh momentum to their campaign.

“Smoking marijuana is safer than drinking coffee and less harmful than alcohol and tobacco,” he said.

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in the world with 160 million people using it at least once in 2005, the U.N. report said.

Papua New Guinea topped the marijuana list with 29.5 percent of the population using it, followed by Micronesia, Ghana, Zambia and Canada, according to the annual finding.

Canadian media report that the number of people arrested for smoking marijuana rose dramatically in several Canadian cities last year after the Conservatives took office and killed a bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Laws on possession of marijuana in Canada are generally more relaxed than those in the United States.

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11 07 2007
penseroso

Interesting — do you believe those statistics? I sometimes wonder: are people answering them honestly? I’m not saying the numbers aren’t reasonable; I just wonder how they’re proven. Anyway, last year I was on jury duty, and I was shocked by the number of clean-cut, middle class hands that went up in the air when, during voir dire, one of the attorneys asked if anyone had been busted for possession of marijuana.

11 07 2007
Joey

I believe that statistic. . . .

18 percent of EVERYONE, of course thats reasonable. . . . .i wouldn’t be surprised if its more than that.

But of course, I wouldn’t believe that number much if it was talking about habitual users. . . .

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