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Recently published: ‘Social capital and cannabis supply’

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CJRC researcher John Scott from the School of Justice, Faculty of Law, has recently co-authored an article titled ‘Social capital and cannabis supply’ for the Journal of Sociology.

The paper argues that the distribution of cannabis in Australia is best understood with reference to the concept of social supply, where a supplier, not considered to be a ‘drug dealer proper’, brokers, facilitates or sells drugs, for little or no financial gain to friends and acquaintances.

The article draws on data from surveys and interviews with 200 young Australian cannabis users, almost all of whom had also supplied cannabis at some point in their lifetime.

Using the concept of social capital, the paper argues argue that drug distribution might best be understood in relation to drug communities, as opposed to markets, describing the features of social organisation that exist between people within social networks and related implications that such features might have in terms of social harm and well-being.

To access the full article, click here.

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