The latest non-news is a study appearing in the Lancet journal pointing out NZ and Australia are the world's biggest consumers of cannabis.
I can't be arsed writing up a long post explaining that NZ's isolation, shift work culture and naturally uptight and repressed nature contributes to this reputation for the love of drugs. Instead, since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's 7000 words in 7 pictures. Click the images to embiggerate.
Here is a nice graphic showing the top eight consumers of particular drugs around the world:
A map of Drugs World with tranqs, trips, uppers and downers as compass points:
Here's the Nutt-Blakemore Drug Harm Index (again):
This one is fairly self-explanatory:
Here are the policy alternatives for cannabis regulation:
NORML's guide to cannabis laws in the US:
And finally, here's a break-down of cannabinoids and their particular medical uses: