skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


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
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
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.