High Time

High Time

The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada

Book - 2019
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"Canada will become the first G7 country to legalize cannabis, and the world is watching. The primary concern facing the Liberal government as it seeks to fulfill its 2015 campaign promise to "legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana" is whether it can be done without making the situation worse. As the Liberal platform pointed out, the current regime lets illegal cannabis fall into the hands of minors, pours large profits into organized crime, and traps many people in the criminal justice system for what is arguably a victimless crime. While the legalization of marijuana in Canada begins with a straightforward change of the criminal code, its ramifications go far beyond this. Legalization will have a serious impact on the country's international treaty commitments, interprovincial relations, taxation and regulatory regimes, and social and health policies. The essays in this book address these outcomes from three main perspectives: the decades-long political path to legalization; the assumptions that underwrite the new policy, in particular the desire to stamp out the black market; and how legalization in Canada looks from an international perspective. Bringing together analysis by policy makers and scholars, including architects of marijuana legislation in Uruguay and Portugal--two trailblazing jurisdictions--High Time provides an urgent and necessary overview of Canada's Cannabis Act."--
Publisher: Montreal :, McGill-Queen's University Press,, 2019
ISBN: 9780773556416
Branch Call Number: 362.295 HIG
Additional Contributors: Potter, Andrew
Weinstock, Daniel 1963-

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