A new survey from UNICEF has found that more Canadian kids smoke marijuana than anywhere else in the western world.
The study on the well-being of children ranked Canada first out of 29 countries on the percentage of young people smoking pot.
Fully 28 per cent of the 11, 13 and 15-year-old Canadian children surveyed said they had smoked marijuana at some point during the last year.
Countries with far more liberal drugs laws actually did better. In Holland, the rate of use was 17.05 per cent and in Portugal 10.05 per cent. You can see where all the countries stacked up in the slideshow below.
While Canada scored poorly on pot, it came in third-best on youth cigarette smoking, with 4.02 per cent saying they had puffed a butt in the last 12 months.
Overall, Canada came in 17 of 29 countries. The study looked at material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviour and risks and housing and the environment.
While Canada’s marijuana numbers may worry some, they are certainly a sign the country may be headed toward legalization.
The Liberals’ youth wing spearheaded a drive last year that saw the party vote in favour of adding legalization to the party platform and many New Democrats are now calling on their party to do the same. Liberal leadership front-runner Justin Trudeau has also embraced legalization.
While Prime Minister Stephen Harper has repeatedly said Canada’s pot laws will not change under the Tories, it seems the kids don’t agree with his position. And kids grow up.
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