Top 10 African countries with the highest consumption of marijuana

Top 10 African countries with the highest consumption of marijuana

Ghana ranks 10th among the African countries with the highest population of marijuana users, according to a new report named the Global Cannabis Report.

Many have made the call in Ghana for lawmakers to discuss and give legal backing to the cultivation and commercialisation of marijuana in the country, but it would seem that even as an illegal drug, Ghanaians are one of the highest consumers of marijuana in Africa.

In the new Global Cannabis Report: 2019 Industry Outlook by New Frontier Data, Ghana is ninth among the over 50 countries that were assessed for "ganja" consumption.

Surprisingly, a religiously conservative country like Egypt placed third in the ranking that Nigeria topped.

As follows are the top 10 highest marijuana consuming African countries.

1. Nigeria

About 20.8 million Nigerians, or 10% of the country, is estimated to consume marijuana. Nigeria has Africa's largest population.

2. Ethiopia

The East African country of Ethiopia comes in second. Ethiopia has an estimated 7.1 million consumers.

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3. Egypt

Egypt comes third with 5.9 million of its population reportedly consuming the drug

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4. DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has about 5 million of its population who are consumers of marijuana, making them the highest placed central Africa country.

5. Tanzania

Tanzania comes in fifth with 3.6 million users of the drug.

6. Kenya

At sixth is Kenya with about 3.3 million users of marijuana.

7. Sudan

Sudan is ranked seventh with 2.7 million consumers of marijuana.

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8. Uganda

Uganda comes in eighth with 2.6 million people.

9. Madagascar

Madagascar has about 2.1 million users of marijuana.

10. Ghana

About 2 million Ghanaians are estimated to use marijuana making the country the 10th highest in Africa.

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