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NCJ Number: 200786 Find in a Library
Title: Alternative to Contemporary Forms of Drug Control
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:709-720
Author(s): Henning Schmidt-Semisch; Bettina Paul
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 12
Publisher: http://www2.criminology.fsu.edu/~jdi 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article profiles models of cannabis control from the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany.
Abstract: Drug policies typically assume that the substances under control cause direct harm or have the potential to cause harm to the individuals the laws are designed to protect. This article reviews the history of drug policy suggesting that illegal drug use is typically considered a culturally regulated phenomenon, an illness, and undesirable behavior, and/or a crime that must be punished. Contemporary German drug policy does not closely adhere to any of these models, and the Netherlands’s marijuana dispensing coffee shops and Switzerland’s treatment of cannabis as an illicit drug reflect polar opposites in terms of attitudes concerning marijuana dispensing and usage. This article presents Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein pharmacology model of marijuana, which calls for the decriminalization of cannabis, and details Germany’s alternative Genussmittel model which supports the dispensing of cannabis in the same manner in which foodstuffs are dispensed. References
Main Term(s): Marijuana; Medical uses of marijuana
Index Term(s): Drug use; Germany; Models; Netherlands; Switzerland
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ-200770-785
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