Canada, located in northern North America, borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Pacific Ocean on the west, the Arctic Ocean on the north, and the conterminous United States on the south. With a population of approximately 33.5 million, Canada is a highly developed liberal democracy that retains ties to the British crown.

Canada has relatively high rates of illegal drug use. Based on United Nations (UN) estimates, approximately 17 percent of the population between the ages of 15 and 64 use marijuana annually. Canada also has some of the world's highest rates of cocaine consumption, with an estimated 2.3 percent of the population using cocaine annually. Rates of use of amphetamine-type stimulants, opiate drugs, and other recreational drugs are also relatively high in Canada.

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