Los Angeles must be the smartest place in the country. Because we're certainly its medical marijuana dispensary capital.

And a new study out of the U.K. indicates that people who start out life with high IQs tend to end up experimenting with drugs, marijuana chief among them.

Yay for L.A! According this Science Daily summary of research published in the December issue of Epidemiology and Community Health, the smart ones put up nice drug numbers:

By the age of 30, around one in three men (35.4%) and one in six women (15.9%) had used cannabis, while 8.6% of men and 3.6% of women had used cocaine, in the previous 12 months.

Researchers looked at 8,000 Brits and pulled out those who scored high on IQ tests as 5 and 10-year-olds.

Men who scored high on the tests as kids were 50 percent more likely to have experimented with a variety drugs including amphetamines and ecstasy. Smart women were more than 50 percent likely to have tried marijuana and cocaine.

So it really is true that you are coming up with some really genius business plans when you're stoned and coked-up. (That sushi disco is going to kill). The secret here is to remember write them down. 'Cause you know you'll forget.

The study's conclusion, according to the research abstract:

High childhood IQ may increase the risk of illegal drug use in adolescence and adulthood.

Our conclusions:

If you want a drug-free America, America, keep having dumb kids. Or, more plausibly, IQ scores are b.s., and those Mensa idiots really are idiots. Your choice.


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