New Study: Illegal Cannabis Use is ‘So High’ in Strict, Death Penalty Countries

Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam on a road in Rawalpindi. (File image via Reuters)
Vehicles are seen in a traffic jam on a road in Rawalpindi. (File image via Reuters)

Karachi and Cairo are in the top five list in cities where illegal cannabis use is high.

Maybe there is some truth to the nineteenth century prolific U.S. writer Mark Twain’s saying,

There is a charm about the forbidden that makes it unspeakably desirable.”

Well, a new study which compared weed costs and usage in 120 cities around the globe, found out that in countries like Pakistan and Egypt, marijuana usage is “so high.’ This is despite the possibility of possession and trafficking landing offenders death penalties.

The study was conducted by the 2018 Cannabis Price Index, and the data was compiled by pot-tech startup Seedo, the Vancouver Sun newspaper reported.

“That illegal cannabis use is so high in countries that still carry the death penalty, such as Pakistan and Egypt, those in power ought to see how desperately new legislation is needed,” said Uri Zeevi, Seedo’s chief marketing officer.

Pakistan’s capital Karachi was the second highest in cannabis use, its total consumption in metric tons was 41.95, and weed prices were US $5.32 per gram. Egyptian capital Cairo had the total consumption of 32.59, ranked 5th worldwide and weed costs $16.15 per gram.

Please see our recent story about Egyptians lashing out at a man making his horse smoke weed at a wedding.

In Singapore, where the possession of marijuana could land a harsh sentence including the death penalty, marijuana usage was lower did not rank high on the index. It had a total consumption rate of only 0.02%. Last week, a daily in Singapore said the country will start researching marijuana for medical purposes, heralding a huge step toward accepting benefits coming from cannabis.

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