Investigation of the issues in the regulation of cannabis possession, use and supply

  • Research program: Harm reduction policy and strategies
  • Project status: Completed
  • Start date: May 1998
  • Expected end date: May 1999
  • Completion date: November 2010
  • Funded by: Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee, Parliament of Victoria
  • Lead organisation:

The aim of this project is to produce a high quality discussion paper for broad public distribution in Victoria to stimulate public debate regarding the options for cannabis control in that state. Issues to be addressed include: an overview of data on cannabis use and related harms in Victoria and elsewhere; a discussion of the harm reduction approach; a consideration of the various legislative and regulatory models of cannabis control; a review of the international and Australian experience of applying such models; a consideration of possible impacts on youth and the "gateway theory"; and a comparative assessment of the various regulatory options and specification of the most defensible and effective option for the Victorian context.

Name & Contact Details Role Research Program Location
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Professor Simon Lenton
Tel: 61 (0)8 9266 1603
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Chief Investigator

Harm reduction policy and strategies


  • Chief Investigator: Patricia Erickson, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Chief Investigator: Eric Single,
  • Chief Investigator: Ernie Lang,
  • Project staff: Penny Heale, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre

Lenton, S. (2001). Re:Cannabis as a gateway drug: comments on Fergusson and Horwood (2000) (Addiction 95(4)). Addiction, 96, (3), pp. 511-513. [RJ352]

Lenton, S., Heale, P., Erickson, P., G., Single, E., Lang, E. and Hawks, D., V. (2000). The regulation of cannabis possession, use and supply: a discussion document prepared for the Drugs and Crime Prevention Committee of The Parliament of Victoria. National Drug Research Institute, Perth, Western Australia. ISBN: 1863428569 [M25]