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Cannabis, the law and social impacts in Australia

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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.

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Atkinson L & McDonald D 1995. Cannabis, the law and social impacts in Australia. Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 48. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. https://www.aic.gov.au/publications/tandi/tandi48