Legalizing Cannabis: Experiences, Lessons and Scenarios, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Legalizing Cannabis

Experiences, Lessons and Scenarios, 1st Edition

Edited by Tom Decorte, Simon Lenton, Chris Wilkins


400 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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The book explores how we should evaluate the models of cannabis legalization as they have been implemented in several jurisdictions in the past few years; the specific models for future cannabis legalization that have been developed and how similar or different they are they from the models already implemented; as well as the lessons that can be drawn from attempts to regulate other psychoactive substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals and "legal highs", and other "vice" activities such as gambling and prostitution.

Table of Contents


Tom Decorte, Simon Lenton and Chris Wilkins


1.The uneven repeal of cannabis prohibition in the United States;

Bryce Pardo

2.Practical lessons learned from the first years of the regulated recreational cannabis market in Colorado;

Todd Subritzky, Simon Lenton, Simone Pettigrew

3.Recreational marijuana legalization in Washington State – benefits and harms;

Clayton Mosher and Scott Akins

4.A century of cannabis control in Canada: A brief overview of history, context and policy frameworks from prohibition to legalization;

Benedikt Fischer, Cayley Russell, Neil Boyd

5.Uruguay: the first country to legalize cannabis;

Rosario Queirolo


6.Cannabis decriminalization policies across the globe;

Niamh Eastwood

7."More than just counting the plants" - different home cannabis cultivation policies, cannabis supply contexts and approaches to their evaluation;

Vendula Belackova, Katinka van de Ven, Michaela Roubalova (Stefunkova)

8. City-level policies of regulating recreational cannabis in Europe. From pilot projects to "local customization"?;

Tom Blickman & Catherine Sandwell

9.Lessons learned from the alcohol regulation perspective;

Tim Stockwell, Norman Giesbrecht, Adam Sherk, Gerald Thomas, Kate Vallance and Ashley Wettlaufer

10.Lessons from tobacco regulation for cannabis product regulation;

Coral Gartner & Wayne Hall

11.How not to legalize cannabis: lessons from New Zealand’s experiment with regulating "legal highs";

Marta Rychert


12.Coffeeshops in the Netherlands: regulating the front door and the back door;

Dirk J. Korf

13. Cannabis social clubs in Spain: Recent legal developments;

Xabier Arana and Òscar Parés

14.Swiss cannabis policies;

Simon Anderfuhren-Biget, Frank Zobel, Cédric Heeb, Jean-Félix Savary

15. The Australian experience and opportunities for cannabis law reform;

Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes

16.Cannabis policy reform: the Jamaica’s experience;

Vicki J. Hanson


17.The risks of cannabis industry funding of community and drug treatment services – Insights from gambling;

Chris Wilkins, Marta Rychert

18.Insights for the design of Cannabis Social Club regulation;

Tom Decorte, Mafalda Pardal


Chris Wilkins, Simon Lenton and Tom Decorte

About the Editors

Tom Decorte is Professor of Criminology and director of the Institute for Social Drug research (ISD) at Ghent University (Belgium). He is co-founder of the Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium (GCCRC). His research interests include patterns of substance use, on the supply side of cannabis markets, and on the implementation of local drug monitoring systems. He has been advisor to a range of organizations on policies to improve public health relating to the use of drugs around the world.

Simon Lenton is Director of the National Drug Research Institute, and works part time as a clinical psychologist in private practice. His research interests include bridging the gap between drug policy research and drug policy practice, illicit drug use and harm reduction and impact of legislative options for drugs. He has published widely on drugs, health and the law and provided advice to a range of government and private organizations, on evidence-based drug policy and other drug issues.

Associate Professor Chris Wilkins is the leader of the drug research team at SHORE & Whariki Research Centre, Massey University, New Zealand. He has researched drug trends, drug markets and drug policy change. Most recently he has published on "not-for-profit" approaches to cannabis regulation, medicinal cannabis regimes, illegal cannabis markets, new psychoactive substances, organized crime and drug use in rural communities. Dr Wilkins has been an invited speaker at international meetings in Europe, the United States and Australia. He regularly presents papers at the annual meetings of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy (ISSDP).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Crime and Society

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology