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Ghanaians smoke more marijuana than Jamaicans

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Hameen Sleek

Ghanaians smoke more marijuana than JamaicansIf the latest statistics published on the World Drug Report is to be believed, Ghana has passed Jamaica to become the country with the Highest Amount of those who consume weed.

The report identities Ghana as the world’s largest per capita population of weed smokers.

2.8 million Ghanaians likes to light it up and get high on a daily basis. That’s a whopping 11.2% of the populace.

Other countries with a notorious weed-smoking habits includes the usual suspects ; Jamaica, U.S., Nigeria and Netherlands, but none of them come close to Ghana.

While usage in the U.S. rose after some marijuana legalization began in 2012, it’s still under 10%. It’s surprising, then, that Ghana still comes out on top even though marijuana consumption is illegal per its constitution.

Here’s a quick look at the national culture that has made Ghanaians the world’s top weed smokers:

What’s the weed scene like in Ghana?

Similar to most African countries, marijuana is actually illegal in Ghana, but seems to be openly acceptable by the new generation. Smoking weed in high schools and the university is considered ‘cool’. The area boys who are known to smoke ganja are typically regarded as the ‘cool kids on the block’, and are generally respected by the community they reside.

Weed in Ghana is very cheap.

One-eighth of an ounce of high-quality weed can cost GHC 30 ($15)  — in the U.S., one-eighth costs $30 to $50. There are generally three grades available: “Marri” is low-quality, “polli” is medium-grade and “riger” is the top-shelf stuff.

The preferred place to smoke weed in Ghana?

The ‘BUSH’ in the local communities are notoriously known as the ‘ganja’ spots. Most of the smoking is done outside in the bush. It’s very, very warm in Ghana, and thankfully there are many small hut-and-bench combos, which allow for cool breezes to flow over you while hiding from the ever-present glaring sun.

The Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) boss is open to legalization. The Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) can see some wisdom in  the legalisation ofcannabis sativa because increasingly, ordinary people do not think that possessing the mentally-disturbing substance is a crime.

Take or leave it, there is “a virtual legalisation” of marijuana because already “mothers, sisters, girlfriends and wives are using stuff made of Indian hemp” for their hair”, the tough-talking Yaw Akrasi Sarpong said on Accra-based Power FM earlier this year.


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