Study looks at cannabis tourism

Aug. 23, 2007 at 4:44 PM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- An Israeli study finds that tourists who travel to find legal marijuana and hashish have a variety of motives.

“Cannabis Use in Tourism: A Sociological Perspective” was published in the July issue of the Journal of Leisure Studies. The authors, Carla Santos of the University of Illinois, her doctoral student, Yaniv Belhassen, and Natan Uriely conducted in-depth interviews with 18 people, mostly Israeli, and observed tourist behavior in popular cannabis destinations like Amsterdam, Morocco, Jamaica and Vancouver.

They found four major groups of cannabis-consuming tourists. Travelers on short trips who experimented with drugs appear unlikely to use them at home. Other tourists use cannabis or hashish on vacation because they consider it a fun activity at home.

Another group of habitual drug users is looking for authenticity -- observing marijuana and hashish in other cultures. A fourth group travels primarily to buy drugs in places where they are legal and easy to find.

The study funded by the Israeli Anti-Drug Authority is based on work Belhassen and Uriely did at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

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