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Marijuana legalization has been a political issue in the United States for some time, and while it remains illegal in most states, others have softened their stance in recent years. Colorado and Washington both passed initiatives by popular vote to decriminalize and legalize cannabis in 2012. In 2014, Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., followed suit. Many states including Massachusetts, California, Missouri, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada and Ohio have flirted with legalization for a few election cycles, with buzz growing.

The United States isn't the only country where people use marijuana legally or illicitly. In fact, it isn’t even the country with the highest reported marijuana use.

 

To determine the countries with the highest marijuana use, HealthGrove used data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, which covers reported use of cannabis for each country in the last year. Although we included the most recent data available, the year collected varies by country. We've ranked the list from least to most reported usage, and

#25. Estonia

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 6%

#24. Ireland

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 6%

#23. United Kingdom

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 6%

#22. Egypt

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 6.24%

#21. Denmark

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 6.9%

#20. Netherlands

 

Marijuana Legality: Legal to possess up to 5 grams, decriminalized for public use, legal for use in coffeeshops. In the Netherlands, coffeeshops (sometimes spelled koffieshop) are establishments where the sale of cannabis for personal consumption by the public is tolerated by the local authorities.

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 7%

#19. Jamaica

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 7.21%

#18. Chile

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 7.47%

#17. Barbados

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.3%

#16. Uruguay

 

Marijuana Legality: Legal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.3%

#15. France

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.4%

#14. Belize

 

Marijuana Legality: Mostly tolerated

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.45%

#13. Brazil

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.8%

#12. Saint Lucia

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.87%

#11. Israel

 

Marijuana Legality: Medical use only

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 8.88%

#10. Madagascar

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 9.1%

#9. Czech Republic

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized for personal use in small amounts

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 9.2%

#8. Zambia

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 9.5%

#7. Spain

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 9.6%

#6. Australia

 

Marijuana Legality: Decriminalized in some states

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 10.16%

#5. Canada

 

Marijuana Legality: Medical use only

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 12.2%

#4. Nigeria

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 14.3%

#3. New Zealand

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 14.6%

#2. United States

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal at the federal level but decriminalized or legal in some states

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 15.4%

#1. Iceland

 

Marijuana Legality: Illegal

Percent of People Who Reported Using Cannabis in the Last Year: 18.3%

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