Rolling Along: The State of Marijuana Legalization in Canada and the United States

The Conference Board of Canada, April 20, 2017 at 02:00 PM EDT
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Marijuana legalization in Canada continues to roll along 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.

But, 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 disparate approaches to dealing with them.

South of the border, four states voted to legalize recreational use in the 2016 elections, bringing the number of states that permit recreational marijuana to 8, plus the District of Columbia. However, the new Trump Administration has signalled that it is considering a crackdown on at least the recreational use of marijuana—which would put it at odds with the growing legalization movement.

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 doesn’t work in the U.S., and offer insights on where Canadian reform is likely heading. Professor Kamin recently described the emerging U.S. situation in this Washington Post opinion article, entitled The Trump administration’s nonsensical stance on marijuana.

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.

Webinar Highlights

During this webinar Professor Kamin will:

  • Provide an update on legalization initiatives in various U.S. states
  • Address the implications of the Trump administration’s likely approach to marijuana legalization
  • Give an overview of the Canadian legislation in comparison to the legalization initiatives in U.S. states

About Sam

Photo of Sam KaminSam Kamin is Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, which is believed to be the first marijuana law professorship in the United States.

He sat on Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force and worked with the ACLU and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom on the Blue Ribbon Panel on Marijuana Reform to formulate a set of best practices for marijuana regulation in that state. He has written more than a dozen scholarly articles on the subject of marijuana law reform.

Professor Kamin joined the faculty at the Sturm College of Law in 1999. Holding both a J.D. (1996) and a Ph.D. (2000) from the University of California at Berkeley, his research interests include criminal procedure, death penalty jurisprudence, federal courts, and constitutional remedies. Professor Kamin is the lead author of West Publishing’s Investigative Criminal Procedure: A Contemporary Approach and has published scholarly articles in the Virginia Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Journal of Constitutional Law, and Law and Contemporary Problems, among many others.

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