The limited relevance of drug policy: cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco.

  title={The limited relevance of drug policy: cannabis in Amsterdam and in San Francisco.},
  author={Craig Reinarman and Peter D A Cohen and Hendrien L Kaal},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={94 5},
OBJECTIVES We tested the premise that punishment for cannabis use deters use and thereby benefits public health. METHODS We compared representative samples of experienced cannabis users in similar cities with opposing cannabis policies-Amsterdam, the Netherlands (decriminalization), and San Francisco, Calif (criminalization). We compared age at onset, regular and maximum use, frequency and quantity of use over time, intensity and duration of intoxication, career use patterns, and other drug… CONTINUE READING
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