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Tronica

Director of Research
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Hi everyone. If you have ever grown your own cannabis, this study is for you!

Aim: Our trans-national study aims to better understand who is involved in domestic, largely ‘small-scale’, cannabis cultivation, the diversity in cultivation methods and motivations, cultivators’ experiences with the criminal justice system and involvement in crime, their attitudes to different cannabis control policies, and how these factors differ across national borders.

Long version of history and aims of the project, for those interested:
In 2012, given the absence of any significant international comparative research the GCCRC developed the (semi-)standardized International Cannabis Cultivation Questionnaire (ICCQ), with 35 core items designed to facilitate international comparisons of small-scale cultivation (Barratt et al., 2012). We used digital research methods to facilitate dialogue with online groups of anonymous cannabis cultivators, access large numbers of cannabis cultivators anonymously from diverse locations and enable global collaboration with limited project funding.

In 2012-2013, the ICCQ was successfully run in 11 industrialized countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States) producing a usable dataset of 6,530 respondents. It was later also run in New Zealand and Israel. The work, which challenges stereotypes about people who grow cannabis, has generated more than 20 academic papers and most importantly has informed cannabis policy considerations in a number of countries. However, the cannabis policy landscape has changed since our first survey, with a number of new legal and regulatory regimes introduced across the world. For example, cannabis has been legalised for recreational use in Canada, Uruguay, and in multiple states of the US, and recreational cannabis use and limited cannabis cultivation is now legal in one Australian Territory. We therefore have many questions about how these new policy settings may be influencing domestic cannabis growers.

Against the backdrop of these new developments, the GCCRC has developed a second global survey of cannabis cultivators (the ICCQ 2.0), again targeting small-scale growers. However, the group of researchers has expanded since 2013 to now cover 18 countries (adding France, Italy, Portugal, Uruguay and Georgia). This survey been translated into 12 languages, and is individually tailored for each country. The survey has now gone live for many countries (with remaining countries going live in the coming weeks) and is expected to run until March 2021.

Topics covered in the ICCQ 2.0 include: the characteristics of people who grow cannabis; how they grow and why; personal use of cannabis and other drugs; participation in the illicit drug market and other illegal activity; and impacts of COVID-19. Special optional modules will also be run in different countries, including: conflicts and victimisation; growing for medical reasons; cannabis clubs and activism; opinions on alternative policies for growing cannabis; and cannabis cultivation in legal markets.

From this new survey we are aiming to again hear directly from cannabis growers about their motivations, practices and experiences of these laws and policies and other factors that affect them. Results will again be used to provide realistic and up to date information about cannabis growing to continue to inform consideration of policies, laws and regulations surrounding cannabis cultivation. Furthermore, by looking at such factors through an international comparative lens, we will be able to comment how different legal and other conditions impact on the people who grow cannabis.

Obviously, a cross-national endeavour such as this is a time-consuming and costly project. While most partners continuously try to obtain funding from local sources in order to set up the survey in their individual countries, much of the work has relied on the enthusiasm and voluntary efforts of the researchers themselves. The group also has a policy not to take funds from companies or others with a direct vested interest in the issue.

Here's some more information about the study:
  • The study is being run by multiple universities - a list of all academics involved can be found here. The researchers involved formed a consortium called the Global Cannabis Cultivation Research Consortium, see worldwideweed.nl for further information. (Dr Monica Barratt, known as Tronica here on Bluelight, can be contacted with questions about the study and updates about its progress).
  • The study has received ethics approval from the lead university, Curtin University, based in Australia.
  • The study is open now to almost all countries (France coming online soon) and will close end March 2021.
  • The study covers the following topics: the characteristics of people who grow cannabis; how they grow and why; personal use of cannabis and other drugs; participation in the illicit drug market and other illegal activity; and impacts of COVID-19. Special optional modules will also be run in different countries, including: conflicts and victimisation; growing for medical reasons; cannabis clubs and activism; opinions on alternative policies for growing cannabis; and cannabis cultivation in legal markets.
  • There are no exclusion criteria - apart from having at least tried to grow cannabis at least once in your lifetime. You can live in any country in the world. A list of countries where we have translated the survey and have local researchers promoting the survey are available at worldwideweed.nl
  • No reimbursements are offered.
  • The survey will take around 15 minutes, but may take longer depending on your growing history and the modules you complete.
  • The survey is completely anonymous - given the sensitivity of the topic, the GCCRC has taken a number of steps to reduce risks from visiting our website or completing the survey.
And finally here's the link if you would like to participate!

SURVEY LINK - just click on your country to participate

Thanks for checking this out :)
 
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