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

Luca Giommoni, Rajeev Gundur

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Abstract

This article contributes to the growing literature on the use of 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 present 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-106
Number of pages22
JournalGlobal Crime
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Crowdsourcing
  • illicit drug markets
  • cannabis
  • UK
  • digital criminology

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