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“You only do it with people you know”: A case study of acquisition strategies by cannabis engagers in Riga, Latvia

Kristiana Bebre

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Kristiana Bebre, “You only do it with people you know”: A case study of acquisition strategies by cannabis engagers in Riga, Latvia (23.10.2021), Beltz Juventa, 69469 Weinheim, ISSN: 0341-1966, 2021 #3, S.186

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This paper explores the cannabis market dynamics in a country that is not known for generating its own novel evidence-base or policies, using 27 in-depth semistructured interviews with primary cannabis engagers in Riga, Latvia. Primary cannabis engagers are defined as those with first-hand cannabis experience (e.g. use, production or distribution). Recent studies from other nations demonstrate the importance of information and communication technology (ICT) in unregulated substance markets. While darknet marketplaces or social media applications are increasingly positioned as alternatives to the offline market, this study finds that digital tools are seldom used for purchasing cannabis in Riga’s sample. Offline social networks and social supply play a vital role in the acquisition of cannabis and mediate access to commercial dealers. Both ICT and social networks are, however, used for learning about strategies for cannabis harm reduction.

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