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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2021) Cannabis policy: status and recent developments. Lisbon: EMCDDA.

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Under international laws, cultivation, supply and possession of cannabis should be allowed only for ‘medical and scientific purposes’. In general, possession of the drug for personal use should be a crime, to deter use, and most countries make this punishable by imprisonment. In recent years, however, several jurisdictions have reduced their penalties for cannabis users, and some have permitted supply of the drug, allowing us to observe different control models and their consequences. Policy discussions are complicated by conflicting claims — decriminalisation or legalisation, medical or recreational use, policy success or failure — and this page aims to clarify some issues.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
International, Report
Drug Type
Cannabis
Intervention Type
General / Comprehensive, Prevention, Harm reduction, Policy
Source
Date
May 2021
Publisher
EMCDDA
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
Lisbon
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