Few people think of Delhi, India as a weed hotspot. After all, smoking cannabis in India can carry a jail sentence.
But according to data from the German research firm ABCD, it ranks as the city with the third highest cannabis consumption on the planet, after New York and, curiously, Karachi, Pakistan.
The study found that Delhi smokes a whopping ten times more weed than famous weed city Amsterdam! A clue as to why: cannabis is absurdly cheap in Delhi, with an average gram priced at below $5 (USD).
Cannabis isn’t legal, although cultivation of hemp fiber is. So, to some degree, it makes sense — Delhi is, by virtue of its location in the north of India, not far from weed’s central Asian homeland.