NOV. 2004 - SWISS ADOLESCENTS' AND ADULTS' PERCEPTIONS OF CANNABIS USE: A QUALITATIVE STUDY
according to the ‘Health Behavior of School Children’ surveys
conducted among a national sample of 15-year-old teenagers, the
lifetime use (i.e. use of cannabis at least once in one's life) of
cannabis has increased practically four times from 1986 to 2002, and
is currently 49.9% among boys and 39.1% among girls (Schmid, 2003).
Moreover, the age at which cannabis is consumed for the
first time is declining, having fallen from 16.5 years in 1992 to
15.8 years in 1999 (Müller and Gmel, 2002; Kuntsche, 2004). As
a result of this situation, policies regarding cannabis use
constitute a hotly debated issue in Switzerland (Strang and Hall,
2000; Kapp, 2003) as well as in other countries (MacCoun and
Reuter, 2001; Wodak and Drummond, 2002). Currently, the law in
Switzerland bans the use of cannabis, a legal context which was
reinforced in June 2004 by a decision of the Parliament not to
decriminalize the use of cannabis by adults. However, the application
of the law is uneven from one region (canton) to another. Some parts
of the country are de facto fairly liberal, while others
apply the law strictly.
P. Menghrajani, K. Klaue, F. Dubois-Arber, P.-A.
Michaud; Swiss adolescents' and adults' perceptions of cannabis use:
a qualitative study, Health Education Research, Volume 20, Issue 4, 1
August 2005, Pages 476–484, https://doi.org/10.1093/her/cyh003