Is cannabis use really so harmful?

Ali Palali, Jan van Ours 01 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.

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  cannabis, regulation, Prohibition, drug policy, legalisation, decriminalisation

Easy access to cannabis is tempting

Jan van Ours, Ali Palali 12 October 2013

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Although worries about cannabis are usually based on prevalence rates of cannabis use in the population, age of the first use of cannabis is important as well. Early onset age of cannabis may have serious short-term and long-term negative effects on individuals. Previous studies find that early cannabis use increases the intensity of use and the probability of subsequent drug use (Yamaguchi and Kandel 1984). Van Ours and Williams (2007) find using Australian data that individuals who start using cannabis early in life are less likely to quit at later ages.

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Topics:  Health economics Microeconomic regulation

Tags:  cannabis, Netherlands, Prohibition, legalisation, drugs, decriminalisation

The long and winding road to cannabis legalisation

Jan van Ours 06 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). Nevertheless, in 2009, between 2.8% and 4.5% of the world population aged 15-64, corresponding to between 125 million and 203 million people had used cannabis at least once in the past year (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2011).

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  cannabis, Prohibition, drug policy, legalisation

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