Cannabis Social Clubs in België: een onderzoek naar de organisatie van collectieve cannabisteelt voor persoonlijk gebruik en kenmerken van clubleden / Cannabis Social Clubs in Belgium: a study of the organization of collective cannabis cultivation for per
Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCs) are associations of adult cannabis users, often registered in the relevant national registries, which seek to establish a closed system of cannabis supply for the personal use of their members – based on cooperative and non-profit principles. As such, CSCs can be understood as an alternative (and ‘middle ground’) model for the supply of cannabis. The first known CSC initiatives emerged in Spain during the 1990s, but CSCs can now be found in many other countries, even if not formally recognized by their respective public authorities (Uruguay is a noteworthy exception, having legalized and regulated the model since the passing of law 19,172).
The CSC label thus may cover different empirical realities. Although the model has become a frequent subject in the international debate about drug policy reform, detailed empirical data on how CSCs are organized and structured, on how CSCs’ operate as cannabis suppliers, and about their members remains scarce in the international academic literature.
This study aims to analyze CSCs in Belgium, focusing on three dimensions:
- The organization, structure and functioning of the CSCs;
- The socio-demographic characteristics and drug use patterns of the CSCs’ members;
- The cannabis produced by the CSCs.
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