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

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.

Topics: Health economics, Microeconomic regulation
Tags: cannabis, decriminalisation, drugs, legalisation, Netherlands, Prohibition

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

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