Prohibition deters cannabis use
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research recently released a study that proves that keeping cannabis illegal will reduce its use.
The survey of 579 NSW residents 18 - 29 years old found -
- 56% of males & 49% of females had tried cannabis at some stage.
- Cannabis use is widespread and increasing.
- 91% of those presently using cannabis said they would use more if it were legal.
- 29% of those who have never used cannabis cited the illegality of cannabis as the reason for never using it.
- 47% of those that have never used cannabis cited dislike of cannabis as their reason for never using it.
- 41% of those that have never used cannabis cited health concerns as their reason for never using it.
- 19% of those that have stopped using cannabis cite the illegality of it as the reason for stopping using cannabis.
- 52% of those that have stopped using cannabis cite dislike of cannabis as the reason for stopping using cannabis.
- 25% of those that have stopped using cannabis cited health concerns as their reason for stopping using cannabis.
- The Director of the Bureau, Don Weatherburn, admitted that prohibitation (the illegal status) of cannabis is more effective in limiting drug consumption than many researchers had realised.
- The Director concluded that making cannabis legal would make cannabis use more widespread.
- If cannabis were legalised more would use it and existing users would use more to the detriment of their health.
(Source: The Crime & Justice Bulletin "Does Prohibition Deter Cannabis Use" at www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/bocsarl.nsf/pages/cjb58link)