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Table 5 Results of the Q factor analysis: reasons that would increase participants’ willingness to abide by rules regarding cannabis use

From: Identifying archetypal cannabis consumers to inform drug policy design: a Q-sort assessment of young adults’ attitudes in Mexico City’s metropolitan area

Archetype Most important factors (factors: +2, +3) Least important factors (factors: −2, −3) Q-sorts loading Eigenvalue Exp. Var. (%)
A (+3) Police does not extort, detains or arrest me because I am a consumer.
(+2) There are safe places to purchase marijuana, I am informed about the places where I can consume it and obtain it legally, and the rules with which I must comply are fair.
(−3) If my family does not treat me like a sick person and people accept me as a consumer. I am not going to comply with any rule.
(−2) If rules are easy to understand, complying with the rules is easy. If I am not forced to have addiction treatment, or if I am not discriminated for being a consumer.
28 13.5 12.2
B (+3) Rules are easy to understand, police do not arrest me for being a consumer and the rules I must comply with are fair
(+2) Complying with the rules is easy are penalties for non-compliance are reasonable, I am not discriminated for being a consumer, and my community tolerates responsible consumption.
(−3) I am not going to comply with any rule. If I am not forced to have addiction treatment. If employers and government stop requiring drug tests.
(−2) Regulation does not limit my freedom of choice or the varieties of marijuana that I can purchase. If I can legally purchase good-quality marijuana. If the government does not keep records showing that I am a consumer.
20 10.2 9.3
C (+3) There are safe places to purchase it, I am not discriminated for being a consumer, I can purchase good-quality marijuana legally.
(+2) There are safe places to consume, authorities do not treat me like a criminal, police do not extort me for being a consumer, and people accepts me as a consumer
(−3) Marijuana that I get legally is cheaper than what I currently get. If employers and government stop requiring drug tests. I am not complying with any rule.
(−2) Rules are easy to understand, penalties for non-compliance are reasonable. I can obtain it via social clubs or similar organizations. The government does not keep records showing that I am a consumer.
16 9 8.2
D (+3) Rules are easy to understand, I can consume it privately, and purchase good-quality marijuana legally.
(+2) There are safe places to consume it, complying with the rules is easy, my community tolerates responsible consumption, I am informed about the places where I can consume it
(−3) My family does not treat me like a sick person. If I am not detained by police. I am not going to comply with any rule.
(−2) If authorities don’t treat me like a criminal, police don’t extort me for being a consumer, if I am not discriminated for being a consumer, there are no limits to the quantity I can legally purchase.
9 7.5 6.9
  1. Source: Own calculations from original data collected during fieldwork