Pro-cannabis promotors declared unwaveringly and repeatedly that,
- The illegal market would almost certainly disappear.
- Massive savings in law enforcement costs.
- Revenue streams so vast that it would not only pay for any unlikely (or very low) dependency issues, but the excess would also build parks and schools.
- Minimal impact to health services and no real increase in service demands. (Even though the repeated mantra from the pro-drug activists is that drug use is ‘not a criminal issue, it’s a health issue!’
Of course, anyone not caught in the smoke-bank of weed-mania (or perhaps better labelled, neo-reefer madness?) knew none of these promised outcomes would emerge. However, the very cashed up pro-pot lobby and their propaganda juggernaut overwhelmed the underprepared lawmakers and politicians – or perhaps weary and willing ones? Regardless, the ‘experiment’ not only is failing, but has failed, and is continuing to increase harms to our communities the longer it runs.
Research is always slow to catch up, due to both time and money, but another emerging and important piece has just been published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. This study only scratches the surface of the why of the subject matter, as anecdata continues to bring up the fact that not only is illegal product cheaper and easier to get, but still a revenue stream for anyone who wants to grow and sell their own.
Of course, ‘policing’ around this now three market arena has taken on a new look. New regulations come in and policing is required. And, of course, we now have an entire new bureaucracy that needs an every increasing funding.
Hmmm, who knew?
Again, only the community caring, best-practice pursuing and family building actors, who care more for people than for ‘getting high’ and making a fast buck on the back of an addiction for profit industry.
Reasons for Purchasing Cannabis from Illegal Sources in Legal Markets: Findings Among Cannabis Consumers in Canada and U.S. States, 2019–2020
Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 83(3), 392–401 (2022). Published Online: May 23, 2022
Objective: Nonmedical cannabis is legal in Canada and several U.S. states. Displacing the illegal market is a primary goal of legalization; however, there are little data on factors that predict consumers’ transition from the illegal to the legal market. The current study aimed to examine reasons for purchasing illegal cannabis and, thus, potential barriers to purchasing legal cannabis among consumers in Canada and U.S. states.
Method: Data are from the 2019 and 2020 International Cannabis Policy Study, a repeat cross-sectional survey conducted among 16- to 65-year-olds. Reasons for purchasing illegally in the past 12 months were asked of male and female cannabis consumers in Canada and U.S. legal states (n = 11,659). Changes over time in reasons for illegal purchasing were tested. Analyses among Canadians also examined associations between reasons for illegal purchasing and objective data on cannabis prices and retail density.
Results: In both years, the most commonly reported barriers to legal purchasing were price (Canada: 35%–36%; United States: 27%) and inconvenience (Canada: 17%–20%; U.S.: 16%–18%). In 2020 versus 2019, several factors were less commonly reported as barriers in Canada, including inconvenience (17% vs. 20%, p = .011) and location of legal sources (11% vs. 18%, p < .001). Certain barriers increased in the United States, including slow delivery (5% vs. 8%, p = .002) and requiring a credit card (4% vs. 6%, p = .008). In Canada, consumers in provinces with more expensive legal cannabis were more likely to report price as a barrier, and those in provinces with fewer legal retail stores were more likely to report inconvenience as a barrier (p < .001).
Conclusions: Higher prices and inconvenience of legal sources were common barriers to purchasing legal cannabis. Future research should examine how perceived barriers to legal purchasing change as legal markets mature.
For complete research https://www.jsad.com/doi/10.15288/jsad.2022.83.392
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