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Kids in Canada Smoke More Pot Than Anywhere Else

Everyone has to be good at something, right?

Photo: Catherine Yeulet / iStockPhoto | Licensed to Alpha Media Group 2013

Just days before 4/20, the unofficial Christmas holiday for stoners, a new survey on child well-being conducted by UNICEF indicates that Canadian youths smoke more pot than kids in any other developed country in the Western world.

We always knew Canada would be No. 1 at something, but we just assumed it would be dumb accents, or something involving maple syrup. But smoking weed? How are they beating us at that? We've seen America's children, and we're pretty sure they're smoking enough marijuana for everyone in the Western world and beyond.

The study, known as "Report Card 11," showed that 28 percent of 11-, 13-, and 15-year-old Canadians admitted to smoking pot at least once in the past year. By comparison, the United States came in fifth at 22.05 percent, and Norway came in last (or first, depending on how you look at, but we'll go with last), with only 4.55 percent of those polled confessing to having toked up in the same period.

Is it possible that Canada really is raising a bunch of badass kids who start smoking weed at the age of 11? Sure; stranger things have happened. But let's bear in mind that the data was compiled based on information provided by kids about whether or not they've done something illegal. Is it possible that in the U.S., they were just smart enough to lie? Because that sounds more like the American kids we know.

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