Cultures of Cannabis Control

An International Comparison of Policy Making

By David Brewster

Published

Nov 24, 2022

Page count

200 pages

ISBN

978-1529214963

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Nov 24, 2022

Page count

200 pages

ISBN

978-1529214970

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Cultures of Cannabis Control

From the local to the global, the governance of illegal drug use is becoming increasingly fragmented. In some contexts, prohibitive regimes are being transformed or replaced, whilst in others there are renewed commitments to criminalised control. But what gives rise to convergence and divergence in processes of policy making, both across different countries as well as within them?

Based upon empirical qualitative research with ‘elite’ insiders, David Brewster explores a diverse range of cannabis policy approaches across the globe. His original analysis reveals the factors which facilitate or hinder punitive or liberalising tendencies in cannabis policy processes, concluding with future directions for policy making and comparative criminology.

David Brewster is a Lecturer at Kanazawa College of Art and a Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Hong Kong.

1. Introduction;

2. Cannabis Policy in Global Perspective

3. Socio-Political Change and Cannabis Control

4. Problematising Cannabis

5. The ‘Primeval Soup’ of Policy Proposals

6. The Political Environment and Windows of Opportunity

7. Beyond the National: Policy Negotiation, Resistance and Subversion

8. Cultures of Cannabis Control;

9. Conclusions and Future Directions