New Study: 80% of Swiss Inmates Consume Cannabis, Improves Prison Safety According to Guards

A new study published by the International Journal of Drug Policy has found that as many as 80% of inmates in Swiss prisons consume cannabis,timthumb.php something that prison staff is fully aware of, with most feeling that it has a positive effect on the overall prison environment.

According to the study, prisoners named off a variety of benefits they received from consuming cannabis; “Participants showed similar opinions on effects of cannabis use that were described both at individual and institutional levels: analgesic, calming, self-help to go through the prison experience, relieve stress, facilitate sleep, prevent violence, and social pacifier.”

Prison staff claimed that they feel cannabis to be a relatively safe and peaceful drug; they believe that cracking down on its consumption will lead to an increase in violence, and harder drugs.

In Switzerland cannabis consumption is less of a criminal priority than in countries like the United States, although it’s still explicitly prohibited.

This study is one of the first to show the positive benefits of inmates consuming cannabis on a regular basis.



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    • pascoe 1 on July 9, 2015 at 4:06 am
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    I spent time in UK prisons down to drug tests people went from pot to class A,s all down to drug testing stupid laws free the weed in the UK stop this madness

    • Ripple on July 13, 2013 at 12:12 am
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    Do you have a link to the studies on tobacco?

  1. It would help American prisoners too.

    • Ricochet on July 11, 2013 at 11:34 pm
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    The link to the study is broken…

    1. Thank you for letting us know. The link is fixed.

    • Hope Jentis on July 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm
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    I KNOW it would certainly help in American prisons as well.

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