Is cannabis use really so harmful?

Ali Palali, Jan van Ours, 1 May 2014

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Cannabis is prohibited in many countries. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (2013) discusses several alternatives to prohibition, varying from decriminalisation to regulation and legalisation.

Topics: Health economics
Tags: cannabis, decriminalisation, drug policy, legalisation, Prohibition, regulation

Rethinking the ‘war on drugs’: Insights from the US and Mexico

Ernesto Zedillo, 22 May 2012

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America’s most loved economics textbook (Mankiw 2012) uses the ‘war on drugs’ to illustrate how restricting supply when demand is inelastic increases the total cash spent on illegal drugs. Every anti-smuggling tactic makes each consignment more profitable. No wonder the US war on drugs is not going so well.

Topics: Health economics
Tags: drug policy, illegal drugs, Mexico, US

The long and winding road to cannabis legalisation

Jan van Ours, 6 December 2011

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Although some countries have quasi-legalised cannabis use (the Netherlands), made cannabis available for medical purposes (California), or allowed the growing of a small number of cannabis plants for personal use (Australia), in most countries – the Netherlands included – cannabis supply, distribution, and use is prohibited (Reuter 2010).

Topics: Health economics
Tags: cannabis, drug policy, legalisation, Prohibition

What should we do about cannabis?

Stephen Pudney, 9 November 2010

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No serious commentator doubts that cannabis is potentially damaging to the user. Like tobacco, it is typically smoked and thus shares the potential for lung disease. Like alcohol, it affects reaction times and may raise the risk of road accidents.

Topics: Health economics
Tags: cannabis, drug policy, Prohibition

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