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The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) also could not find any evidence that anyone had died from cannabis use, and cannabis had the lowest rate of “healthy” years of life lost of any of the drugs studied.

According to the 2017 Global Overview of Drug Demand and Supply, an estimated 128 million to 238 million people worldwide in 2015, the year surveyed for the 2017 report: that’s 3.8 percent of the adult population in that year. The UNODC report also takes a look at how changing laws in the US are affecting use as well, noting that past-month marijuana use for the American population 12 and over has increased from 6.2% in 2002 to 8.2% in 2015. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which the UNODC used to arrive at these numbers, an estimated 22 million Americans ages 12 and above had used pot in the last month based on the data collected.

The UNODC report also takes a look at how changing laws in the US are affecting use, noting that past-month marijuana use for the American population 12 and over has increased from 6.2% in 2002 to 8.2% in 2015. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which the UNODC used to arrive at these numbers, an estimated 22 million Americans ages 12 and above had used pot in the last month based on the data collected. In short, a lot of people are using cannabis, and legality seems to have contributed to a notable increase in use: the US had an estimated population of 321.4 million in 2015, and a 2% increase of use is nothing to sneeze at.

In contrast, data from the European Union suggested that 6.6 percent of people age 15-64 had used cannabis in 2015, with a younger demographic of 15-34 reporting use at a higher rate of 13.3 percent, and around 3 million adults in the European Union are estimated to be daily users, 70% of whom are aged between 15 and 35, and mostly male.

The UNODC reported that there were an estimated 190,900 drug-related deaths in 2015, though they not that this number is most likely an underestimate. Despite so many recorded drug-related deaths, not a single one could be attributed to cannabis.