The main aim of this cross-cultural comparative study of marijuana markets in Australia, United States (Florida) and the Czech Republic is to improve knowledge of what impacts different legal regimes have on marijuana markets. The study will collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data that will help to explain the patterns of marijuana markets and related risks to public health and public safety in response to different drug policy measures.
Dr Tomas Zabransky
Department of Addictology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University (Czech Republic)
- The first aim of the study is to explain the micro-level processes in the patterns shown by quantitative data provided by marijuana users within the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, Illicit Drugs Reporting System, Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System (AU), National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health / NSDUH (US), and the General Population Survey on Substance Use and Attitudes Towards It (CZ).
- The second aim of the study is to provide a detailed comparison between marijuana markets in Australia, the US, and in the Czech Republic that are governed by different drug policy framework. Such a comparison can provide an insight into how individuals react under two different drug policies on an aggregate and individual level.
- The third aim of the project is construction of a parametrical model for cannabis policy evaluation that will identify the main factors that influence the dynamics of marihuana markets with respect to variation in price, prevailing product type and quality, acquisition patterns, and the related risks.
- AUSTRALIA: National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2013, Illicit Drugs Reporting System 2013, Ecstasy and Related Drugs Reporting System 2013
- UNITED STATES: National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health / NSDUH (US) 2008 and 2013
- CZECH REPUBLIC: General Population Survey on Substance Use and Attitudes Towards It 2008 and 2012.
Interviews commenced in October 2014.
Through this study, better informed decision making can be achieved. Cannabis policies around the world have been subjected to turbulent changes in the last decade, with the aim to rationalize approaches towards cannabis to and minimize the harms caused by its prohibition.