Proximity to Dutch Coffeeshops and Cannabis Use in the Netherlands

European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 9, No. 3, Forthcoming

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2012-75

General Subserie Research Paper No. 2012-07

21 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2012  

Marije Wouters

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

A. Benschop

affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. van Laar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

D.J. Korf

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 20, 2012

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to assess the influence of coffee shop availability on the prevalence and intensity of cannabis use, as well as the effectiveness of the ‘separation of markets’ policy. A convenience sample of night life visitors and a sub selection of last year cannabis users were used for analyses on cannabis and hard drug use. Logistic regression analyses showed that coffee shop proximity does not seem to be linked to prevalence of cannabis use or intensity of use. In addition, proximity of coffee shops does not seem to be linked directly to hard drug use.

Keywords: cannabis, coffee shop, proximity, drug policy

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Wouters, Marije and Benschop, A. and van Laar, M. and Korf, D.J., Proximity to Dutch Coffeeshops and Cannabis Use in the Netherlands (June 20, 2012). European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 9, No. 3, Forthcoming; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2012-75; General Subserie Research Paper No. 2012-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2088246 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2088246

Marije Wouters (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

A. Benschop

affiliation not provided to SSRN

M. Van Laar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

D.J. Korf

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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