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Curtin University
National Drug Research Institute

Preventing Harmful Drug Use In Australia

Online survey of small-scale domestic cannabis - Part of an international research collaboration

Project Team

Chief Investigator:

Professor Simon Lenton, National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University

Co-investigator:

Dr Monica Barratt, National Drug and Alcohol Research Institute, University of New South Wales

Project

Historically, cannabis plantations, like coca bush or opium poppy plantations, were typically large in size, grown by local farmers in a handful of developing (producing) countries, processed and then exported to industrial (consuming) nations. However, increasingly over at least the last decade in a number of countries there has been a shift in the cannabis market away from cannabis which is imported from producer countries to domestic production of cannabis. This shift seems to have been facilitated by the development of cannabis growing technology and importantly indoor cultivation of cannabis by 'hydroponic' methods. Of particular interest in this context is the proliferation of small-scale user/growers who cultivate the drug for their own use and/or for a small group of friends. This study was part of an international collaboration will comprise an anonymous web survey of Australian small-scale cannabis cultivators. It will aim to collect information on the patterns of cultivation, some technical aspects of growing operations, (dis)advantages of cannabis cultivation, and perceived quality and strength of home-grown cannabis.

Publications

Potter, G., Barratt, M.J., Malm, A., Bouchard, M., Blok, T., Christensen, A., Decorte, T., Frank, V.A., Hakkarainen, P., Klein, A., Lenton, S., Perälä, J., Werse, B. and Wouters, M. (2016). Global patterns of domestic cannabis cultivation: Sample characteristics and patterns of growing across eleven countries. In Werse, B. and Bernard, C. (eds.) Friendly Business - International Views on Social Supply, Self-Supply and Small-Scale Drug Dealing. Springer VS, Stuttgart. pp. 163-196. [CH209] Paper

Barratt, M.J. and Lenton, S. (2015). Representativeness of online purposive sampling with Australian cannabis cultivators. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (3), pp. 323-326. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.10.007 [RJ1026] Paper

Barratt, M.J., Potter, G., Wouters, M., Wilkins, C., Werse, B., Perälä, J., Pedersen, M.M., Nguyen, H., Malm, A., Lenton, S., Korf, D., Klein, A., Heyde, J., Hakkarainen, P., Frank, V.A., Decorte, T., Bouchard, M. and Blok, T. (2015). Lessons from conducting trans-national Internet-mediated participatory research with hidden populations of cannabis cultivators. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (3), pp. 238-249. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.12.004 [RJ1049] Paper

Hakkarainen, P., Frank, V.A., Barratt, M.J., Dahl, H.V., Decorte, T., Karjalainen, K., Lenton, S., Potter, G. and Werse, B. (2015). Growing medicine: Small-scale cannabis cultivation for medical purposes in six different countries. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (3), pp. 250-256. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.07.005 [RJ1013] Paper

Lenton, S., Frank, V.A., Barratt, M.J. and Potter, G. (2015). Attitudes of cannabis growers to regulation of cannabis cultivation under a non-prohibition cannabis model. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (3), pp. 257-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.08.002 [RJ1015] Paper

Potter, G., Barratt, M.J., Malm, A., Bouchard, M., Blok, T., Christensen, A., Decorte, T., Frank, V.A., Hakkarainen, P., Klein, A., Lenton, S., Perälä, J., Werse, B. and Wouters, M. (2015). Global patterns of domestic cannabis cultivation: Sample characteristics and patterns of growing across eleven countries. International Journal of Drug Policy, 26, (3), pp. 226-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2014.12.007 [RJ1014] Paper

Barratt, M.J., Bouchard, M., Decorte, T., Frank, V.A., Hakkarainen, P., Lenton, S., Malm, A., Nguyen, H. and Potter, G. (2012). Understanding global patterns of domestic cannabis cultivation. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 12, (4), pp. 213-221. [RJ872]