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Cannabis, the law and social impacts in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 48

Lynn Atkinson and David McDonald
ISBN 0 642 23324 1 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, October 1995


Given that considerable resources are devoted to personal scale cannabis law enforcement, this paper examines the impacts of cannabis use, actual and potential law enforcement, and criminal justice system responses. It derives from a larger, ongoing study commissioned by the National Drug Strategy Committee, Phase 1 of which was completed in April 1995. Topics addressed include: the impacts of cannabis law reform; health and psychological functioning; financial impacts; driving; knowledge of legislation; employment, education and travel; self esteem; inconsistencies between States; and expiation notices.