Marijuana legalization in Canada continues to roll at a slow but steady pace. The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation made recommendations last fall on how the government should proceed to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana. Legislation is expected to be introduced into Parliament this spring.
As the federal government’s website makes clear: “The legalization and strict regulation of cannabis (marijuana) is a serious and complex matter that will take time.”
In the meantime, marijuana laws remain in force. Local law enforcement and civic authorities are now contending with new cannabis dispensaries in cities across the country, and are taking widely different approaches to dealing with them.
South of the border, four states voted to legalize recreational marijuana use in the 2016 elections, bringing the number to eight plus the District of Columbia. The new Trump Administration, meanwhile, has not yet shown its hand on how it will approach the growing legalization movement in the U.S.
It is clear that marijuana legalization is complicated – touching on issues as varied as health, personal freedom, law enforcement and more. In this special webinar to be held on 4/20, hear from someone who can make sense of the myriad components of marijuana law reform. Professor Sam Kamin of the University of Denver, one of America's expert voices on the subject, will outline the latest developments south of the border, describe what works and what doesn’t work in the U.S., and offer insights on where Canadian reform is likely heading.