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An analysis of the United Kingdom’s cannabis market using crowdsourced data

Giommoni, Luca and Gundur, Rajeev 2018. An analysis of the United Kingdom’s cannabis market using crowdsourced data. Global Crime 19 (2) , pp. 85-106. 10.1080/17440572.2018.1460071

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Abstract

This article contributes to the growing literature on the use computer mediated communications to research illicit markets. In it, we conduct an analysis of the British cannabis market using data crowdsourced from a publicly available platform, PriceofWeed.com. Crowd-sourced transaction data presents some new insights into the British cannabis market. First, this study has tracked the trafficking flow of cannabis within the UK. Second, it shows the extent to which a quantity discount is granted to consumers. Third, it discusses purchasing habits of cannabis users. Conclusions suggest new areas of application of crowdsourcing to research hard to reach and deviant populations.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Cardiff Centre for Crime, Law and Justice (CCLJ)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1744-0572
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 5 March 2018
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2018
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 02:21
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/109649

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