Weed, Need and Greed: A Study of Domestic Cannabis Cultivation

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Free Association, 2010 - Social Science - 276 pages
Weed, Need and Greed explores the phenomenon of domestic cannabis cultivation and examines its impact on the wider cannabis market. Drawing predominantly on 10 years of ethnographic research with cannabis growers, the result is a description of cannabis cultivation, and cannabis cultivators, in the industrialised world.

The book explores how cannabis is grown. Most cannabis in Western countries is grown indoors with increasingly hi-tech cultivation methods being utilised. The methods employed by individual growers will depend on their opportunities, their intentions, and, importantly, any ideological position which may influence their choice.

It also explores who is involved in cannabis growing. Growers come from a wide range of backgrounds, but many share common `ideological' traits that are rooted in an affiliation to a wider cannabis culture. A typology of cannabis growers is offered based on motivation and ideology. The key point here is that a large number of cannabis growers seek no financial reward whatsoever for their involvement in what is essentially an act of drug trafficking. Other growers do make money, but are equally motivated by non-financial `drivers'. Still others are mostly or entirely driven by financial considerations. These growers often display the same hallmarks as other drug-trafficking outfits. Consumer concerns can be seen to influence the market with smaller independent `social' and `social/commerical' growers offering an ideological - ethical, even-alternative to larger scale organised crime outfits.

Finally, explanations for the recent surges in domestic cannabis cultivation seen all over the Western world are offered along with predictions for the future of domestic production not just of cannabis but other drugs as well.

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About the author (2010)

Dr Gary R. Potter is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at London South Bank University. He has spent 10 years researching cannabis cultivation and drug markets in the UK and beyond.

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