Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond stalemate by Robin RoomCannabis Policy: Moving beyond stalemate by Robin Room

Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond stalemate

byRobin Room, Benedikt Fischer, Wayne Hall

Paperback | February 20, 2010

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Cannabis, marijuana, pot, ganja - it goes by many names - is by far the most widely used illegal substance, and accounts for more arrests than any other drug. Barely a week goes by without this drug appearing in the newpapers, and politicians have famously tied themselve in knots, trying todecide just how to deal with this recreational drug. While there have been many drug policy books on other substances - both legal and illegal, few have focused on this drug. Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond Stalemate is unique in providing the materials needed for deciding on policy about cannabis in its various forms. It reviews the state of knowledge on the health and psychological effects of cannabis, and its dangerousness relative to other drugs. It considers patternsand trends in use, the size and character of illicit markets, and the administration of current policies, including arrests and diversion to treatment, under the global prohibition regime. It looks at the experience of a number of countries which have tried reforming their regimes and softeningprohibition, exploring the kinds of changes or penalties for use for possession: including depenalization, decriminalization, medical control, and different types of legalization. It evaluates such changes and draws on them to assess the effects on levels and patterns of use, on the market, and onadverse consequences of prohibition. For policymakers willing to look outside the box of the global prohibition regime, the book examines the options and possibilities for a country or group of countries to bring about change in, or opt out of, the global control system.Throughout, the book examines cannabis within a global frame, and provides in accessible form information which anyone considering reform will need in order to make decisions on cannabis policy (much of which is new or has not been readily available). This book will be essential for those involvedin policymaking and be of interest to a wide range of readers interested in drugs and drug policy, as well as being an excellent supplementary text for university courses in criminology, policy science, social science, or public health.
Robin Room grew up in Sydney, Australia and received his higher education in the U.S., with a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the Scientific Director of the Alcohol Research Group in Berkeley, a U.S. National Alcohol Research Center, from 1977 to 1991, and then the Vice-President for Research at t...
Title:Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond stalemateFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:February 20, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Thomas SchellingPrefacePart I: Cannabis Policy: Moving beyond Stalemate1. Introduction2. The Health and Psychological Effects of Cannabis UseAnnex : Health Advice on Cannabis Use3. The Cannabis Prohibition Regime: Patterns of Use, Markets and Policies4. The Range of Reforms within the System: Softening the Prohibition5. The Impacts of Cannabis Policy Reforms within the Current Drug Control Regime6. Beyond the Current Drug Conventions7. Paths Forward from the ImpassePart II: Conclusions and RecommendationsAnnex: Research PrioritiesPart III: Draft Framework Convention on Cannabis ControlReferencesAbout the Authors and the Beckley Foundation

Editorial Reviews

"The chapters effectively summarise and synthesise the current state of knowledge, and provide a tremendous resource for those interested in alcohol-related problems and their prevention... This book, prepared with support from WHO, builds directly on two similar volumes from previous decades.It will obviously be a central reference used by those specifically working on alcohol, but also makes key contributions to understanding and designing effective prevention policies and programmes for the full range of contemporary health problems." --The Lancet