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What does it mean to decriminalize cannabis? A cross-national empirical examination
Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research (2005)
  • Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Rand Corporation
Abstract

Although frequently discussed as a singular policy, there is tremendous variation in the laws and regulations surrounding so-called decriminalization policies adopted by Western countries, with many jurisdictions adopting depenalization policies rather than policies that actually change the criminal status of cannabis possession offences. This paper provides a discussion of the liberalization policies being adopted in Western countries, highlighting district elements about particular policies that are important for proper analysis and interpretation of the policies. It then discusses some of the environmental factors that also shape these policies, and hence influence their potential impact, using data from the U.S.A. as a particular example. The results clearly show that researchers should be careful conducting intra- or international comparisons of policies because important aspects of these policies are frequently ignored.

Keywords
  • Marijuana,
  • Cannabis,
  • Decriminalization
Disciplines
Publication Date
2005
Editor
B Lindgren and M Grossman
Publisher
Elsevier Press
Citation Information
Rosalie Liccardo Pacula. "What does it mean to decriminalize cannabis? A cross-national empirical examination" Advances in Health Economics and Health Services Research Vol. 16 (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rosalie_pacula/19/