Investigating how decisions to use marijuana change over time

Rashi K. Shukla, Margaret S. Kelley

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This article examines illicit drug use from a decision-making perspective using data collected during 2000-2002 from 51 current and ex-users of marijuana in a large urban city in the central/southwest United States. A qualitative inductive approach based on grounded theory guided the analyses. We find that prior to experimentation and use, decision-making processes are general and nonspecific. In the later stages of drug involvement, decision-making processes become drug-specific. Individuals consider a number of different types of factors when making decisions about illicit drug use involvement. The study's implications and limitations are discussed and future research suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1401-1425
Number of pages25
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Cessation
  • Illicit drug use
  • Initiation
  • Marijuana use
  • Rational choice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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