|Titre :||Cannabis consumption patterns among frequent consumers in Uruguay (2016)|
|Auteurs :||M. F. BOIDI ; R. QUEIROLO ; J. M. CRUZ|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||International Journal of Drug Policy (Vol.34, August 2016)|
|Article en page(s) :||34-40|
|Discipline :||EPI (Epidémiologie / Epidemiology)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASECANNABIS ; TYPE D'USAGE ; USAGE REGULIER ; LEGALISATION ; ACHAT ; CULTURE PRIVEE ; REGLEMENTATION ; ENQUETE
Background: In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to fully regulate the cannabis market, which now operates under state control. Cannabis can be legally acquired in three ways: growing it for personal use (self-cultivation), cannabis club membership, and from pharmacies (not yet implemented). Users must be entered into a confidential official registry to gain access.
Methods: This article presents findings of a Respondent Driven Sample survey of 294 high-frequency cannabis consumers in the Montevideo metropolitan area.
Results: Frequent consumers resort to more than one method for acquiring cannabis, with illegal means still predominating after 1 year of the new regulation law. Cannabis users overwhelmingly support the current regulation, but many of them are reluctant to register.
Conclusions: Some of the attitudes and behaviors of the high-frequency consumers pose a challenge to the success of the cannabis law. Individuals relying on more than one method of access defy the single access clause, a prerequisite for legal use, while the maximum amount of cannabis individuals can access monthly seems too high even for most frequent consumers, which might promote the emergence of a grey market. Reluctance to register among a significant proportion of high-frequency consumers raises doubts about the law's ability to achieve its stated objectives.
|Domaine :||Drogues illicites / Illicit drugs|
|Affiliation :||Insights Research & Consulting, Canelones, Uruguay|