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Canadian Marijuana Legalization and The Lessons from Colorado

The Conference Board of Canada, May 11, 2016
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Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The new federal government pledged in its 2015 election campaign to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Since assuming office, the government has indicated that it will announce a federal-provincial-territorial task force to consult experts and others on a framework to remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code.

However, marijuana legalization brings a number of economic, regulatory, social and health challenges. Canada can learn from locations such as Colorado that have already moved ahead with legalization.

To learn more, join us for this webinar with Sam Kamin, who has emerged as one of America's expert voices on marijuana law reform in Colorado and throughout the country.

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 and co-authors the series “Altered State: Inside Colorado’s Marijuana Economy” for Slate Magazine, chronicling the impact of Colorado’s marijuana regulations on lawmakers, businesses and consumers.

In the spring of 2015, Professor Kamin taught the nation’s first law school course on representing marijuana clients and was named the Vicente Sederberg Professor of Marijuana Law and Policy.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60-minute webinar, Prof. Kamin will describe his experiences and insights with marijuana legalization include:

  • Revenue generation: there is a perception that legalizing marijuana will bring in substantial new tax revenues and launch a new industry. How reasonable is that assumption?
  • Regulatory models—Can marijuana be regulated using existing systems? What is the role of law enforcement?
  • The importance of getting good baseline data on the path to legalization.

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.

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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