Social supply of cannabis in Australia


Australian retail markets for most illicit drugs, including cannabis, are based significantly upon friendships and occur in closed settings. In this study, a convenience sample of 200 cannabis users aged between 18 and 30 years were interviewed in Perth, Melbourne and Armidale. They were recruited online and through the mainstream street press, flyers, and word of mouth. Their qualitative accounts of what happened last time they obtained cannabis provided detailed descriptions of the process of obtaining cannabis. Although most people who engaged in supply understood that their activities would be seen as dealing in the eyes of the law, most did not consider themselves to be a dealer. The findings have implications for the policing of social supply drug markets, the public education of participants in the social supply market and how social supply offences are dealt with in law. (Summary, edited)