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Duffy, Martin and Schaefer, Nadine and Coomber, Ross and O’Connell, Lauren and Turnbull, Paul J, eds. (2008) Cannabis supply and young people. London: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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The supply of drugs to young people is an emotive subject with discussion rarely referring to actual evidence, which is in any case scarce. What evidence exists shows that many young people gain access to drugs through older brothers and sisters, through friends and friends of friends, so-called ‘social supply’ networks.

This study interviewed 182 young people aged 11–19, all of whom had used cannabis and/or been involved in cannabis transactions in recent months. This group is unlikely to be representative of young people in general, so the report presents a snapshot view.

The study looks at:
• How and where young people got hold of cannabis;
• What involvement, if any, they had in supplying cannabis to others;
• How young people paid for cannabis;
• Responses from schools and police to cannabis use among young people;
• Implications for legislation and enforcement guidelines around cannabis use, in particular the issue of ‘social supply’.


Date:31 January 2008
Pages:60 p.
Publisher:Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Place of Publication:London
ISBN:978 1 85935 633 3
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:L Social psychology and related concepts > Availability or accessibility to minors
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Initiation
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
T Demographic characteristics > Young substance user
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > Context of initiation of substance use
L Social psychology and related concepts > Availability, accessibility, and use

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