The analysis of the social impacts of the cannabis expiation system of South Australia

  • Research program:
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: August 1996
  • Expected end date: December 1999
  • Completion date: December 1999
  • Funded by: CDHFS (Via DASC in SA)
  • Lead organisation:

A collaborative study between researchers at the Drug and Alcohol Services Council (South Australia), the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NSW) and NCRPDA which aims to inform policy development in relation to minor cannabis offences through the detailed analysis of the Cannabis Expiation Notice (CEN) scheme in South Australia. The components undertaken by the NCRPDA team include: (1) a telephone survey of the public in SA regarding their awareness, knowledge and attitudes regarding the CEN scheme (2) an interview study of minor cannabis offenders convicted in WA as part of a comparison of the impact of civil penalties for minor cannabis offences (SA) with the impact of a criminal conviction in a total prohibition jurisdiction (WA).

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
  • Project staff: Penny Heale, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre
  • Project staff: M Bennett,

Heale, P., Hawks, D., V. and Lenton, S. (2000). Public Awareness, knowledge and attitudes regarding the CEN system in South Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 19, (3), pp. 271-280. [RJ351] View web page Abstract

Lenton, S. and Heale, P. (2000). Arrest, court and social impacts of conviction for a minor cannabis offence under strict prohibition. Contemporary Drug Problems, 27, (4), pp. 805-833. [RJ328] Abstract

Lenton, S., Humeniuk, R., Heale, P. and Christie, P. (2000). Infringement versus conviction: the social impact of a minor cannabis offence in South Australia and Western Australia. Drug and Alcohol Review, 19, (3), pp. 257-264. [RJ350] View web page Abstract

Ali, R., L., Christie, P., Lenton, S., Hawks, D., V., Sutton, A., Hall, W. and Allsop, S. (1999). The Social Impacts of the Cannabis Expiation Notice Scheme in South Australia Ð Summary Report. Publications Productions Unit, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, National Drug Strategy, Canberra, ACT. [M16]

Lenton, S. (1999). Cannabis offenders in the Western Australian criminal justice system 1994 - 1996. National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 1-86342-730-9 [T83]

Lenton, S., Bennett, M. and Heale, P. (1999). The social impact of a minor cannabis offence under strict prohibition - the case of Western Australia. National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse, Division of Health Sciences, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 1-86342-729-5 [T85]

Lenton, S., Christie, P., Humeniuk, R., Brooks, A., Bennett, M. and Heale, P. (1999). Infringement versus conviction: the social impact of a minor cannabis offence under a civil penalties system and strict prohibition in two Australian states. Publications Productions Unit, Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care, National Drug Strategy, Canberra, ACT. [M18]