Icelanders Smoke a Ton of Marijuana - Literally - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelanders Smoke a Ton of Marijuana – Literally

Published October 12, 2009

According to the National Center of Addiction Medicine, Icelanders admited to drug rehab for cannabis use has doubled from 1995 to 2000.
According to their estimates, dozens of people are employed full-time growing, harvesting, distributing and selling marijuana in Iceland. On average, Icelanders smoke a ton of marijuana each year. The estimated street value of Iceland’s cannabis products – which includes hash and hash oil – is about 3.5 billion ISK.
The report, though, should maybe taken with a grain of salt, as it uses the term “cannabis addiction” thoughout – despite the fact that modern medicine does not consider marijuana an addictive substance. Rather, that those who do find themselves addicted to marijuana have a strong psychological bond to the substance, but would suffer nothing akin to physical withdrawal if the substance were no longer available to them. The number of “cannabis addicts” admitted to drug rehabs in Iceland is made more vague by the fact that most of them are addicted to multiple substances.

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