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Cannabis in Europe: Dynamics in Perception, Policy and Markets

After its re-introduction in the 1960s, cannabis has become the most widely used illicit drug in Europe. Along with the spread of cannabis use, its social meaning has changed over time. Today old paradigms are having renewed appeal, in particular on the subject of cannabis and schizophrenia.
Cannabis in Europe is about trends in the scientific study on cannabis, changing national policies and changing cannabis markets. Recent years show a strong tendency towards market substitution: from hashish imported from other parts of the world to domestically grown marihuana. Who are these marihuana growers? How do national policies respond to this new phenomenon? Why has cannabis policy become liberal in some countries, while in others it develops in a more repressive direction?
In this book, scientists from various European countries present a rich insight into similarities and differences between national cannabis markets, and critically discuss policies and police, treatment and prevention practices.


Dirk J. Korf:
Cannabis research in Europe: an introduction

Dominique Vuillame:
Changing scientific perspectives on cannabis use

Helle Vibeke Dahl, Vibeke Asmussen Frank & Torsten Kolind:
Cannabis treatment in Danish prisions: a product of new directions in national drug policy?

Marije Wouters:
Controlling cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands

Tom Decorte:
Domestic marihuana cultivation in Belgium: on (un)intended effects of drug policy on the cannabis market

Garfield (Garry) Potter:
The growth of cannabis cultivation: explanations for import substitution in the UK

Bernd Werse:
Retail markets for cannabis - users, sharers, go-betweens and stash dealers

Caral Stevenson:
Cannabis supply in Northern Ireland. Perspectives from users

Freya Vander Laenen & Eveline De Wree:
Why the prevention of cannabis use does not work: vulnerable young people’s analysis

Péter Sárosi & Zsolt Demetrovics:
Cannabis in Hungary: drug policy, legislation and civil movements

2008, 176 pages, ISBN 978-3-89967-512-2, Price: 20,- Euro