Home > Cannabis policy and legislation in the Nordic countries. A report on the control of cannabis use and possession in the Nordic legal systems.

Egnell, Susanne and Villman, Emma and Obstbaum, Yaira . (2019) Cannabis policy and legislation in the Nordic countries. A report on the control of cannabis use and possession in the Nordic legal systems. Stockholm: Nordic Welfare Centre. 148 p.

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After alcohol, cannabis is the second most common intoxicant in the Nordics and cannabis use is increasing among young adults in most Nordic countries. It is therefore not insignificant how society views cannabis use: is it a social problem, a health problem, or a problem of law and order? The answer matters a great deal to the user. Increasing use will put pressure on the societal responses although the majority of cannabis users are not problem users in need of treatment.

The Nordic countries rely on a restrictive approach in their cannabis control. All countries, except for Denmark, are influenced by the vision of the drug-free society where the justice system is seen as the main actor in solving the drug problem. The majority of all cannabis crimes in the Nordic countries have to do with use and/or possession for personal use. The proportion has varied over the decades depending on enforcement priorities.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Cannabis
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:April 2019
Pages:148 p.
Publisher:Nordic Welfare Centre
Place of Publication:Stockholm
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Subjects:B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
L Social psychology and related concepts > Legal availability or accessibility
MM-MO Crime and law > Substance use laws
VA Geographic area > Europe > Finland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Sweden
VA Geographic area > Europe > Norway

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