A young, well educated lawyer named Andreas smokes a marijuana joint at an outdoor cafe in 2001 in Berlin, Germany.
In a large national study of drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland, researchers for the state found many of the patterns of marijuana use that we’ve come to expect:
- More men than women use it
- It’s the most used illegal drug
- It’s easy to get
- … and a significant portion of the population used it at least once (25 percent in Ireland and 42.9 percent in the US).
Then came the surprise: “Rates were highest among people who were still in education over the age of 20 and lowest among those who left education before the age of 15,” reports the Independent.
The Irish Examiner added this factoid from the survey: “Rates for lifetime cannabis use were highest among professionals and managers, and lowest among the semi-skilled and unskilled.”