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Resultat
Rapport
2011

Decriminalization and Initiation into Cannabis Use

Bidragsytere:
  • Anne Line Bretteville-Jensen og
  • Jenny Williams

Utgiver/serie

Utgiver

University of Melbourne

Serie

Working Paper Series. Research Paper. University of Melbourne
ISSN 0819-2642

Om resultatet

Rapport
Publiseringsår: 2011
Hefte: 1130
Antall sider: 34
ISBN: 978 0 7340 4483 9

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Tittel

Decriminalization and Initiation into Cannabis Use

Sammendrag

he central question faced by policy makers contemplating decriminalization of cannabis is whether such a move will lead to an increase in use, and if so, by whom and by how much. We address this question by investigating the impact of decriminalization on the decision to start using cannabis. Our analysis is based on individual level information from a general population in Australia. Australia provides an interesting case study for examining this issue because it has decriminalized the use of cannabis in half of its states and territories. In modeling cannabis uptake, we use a discrete-time hazard model and account for unobserved dierences between states that decriminalize and those that do not. We find that decriminalizing cannabis shifts the age distribution of uptake towards younger age groups while leaving the proportion of those who will start using cannabis unchanged. This suggests that decriminalization effects when individuals start using cannabis, rather than whether or not they start.

Bidragsytere

Aktiv cristin-person

Anne Line Bretteville-Jensen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved Avdeling for rusmidler og tobakk ved Folkehelseinstituttet

Jenny Williams

  • Tilknyttet:
    Forfatter
    ved University of Melbourne
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