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.