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High Time
The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada
Edited by: Andrew Potter Edited by: Daniel M. Weinstock

Edited by :

Andrew Potter ,

Edited by :

Daniel M. Weinstock

ISBN:

9780773556416

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

Professional and scholarly
Mar 04, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

229 x 152 mm | 340 gr

Page Count:

240 pages
McGill-Queen's University Press
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
  • Short Description
It took Canada fifty years to reform its marijuana laws. Did it get them right?
Canada has 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 in an international context. Bringing together analysis by policy makers and scholars, including the architect of marijuana legislation in Portugal – a trailblazing jurisdiction – High Time provides an urgent and necessary overview of Canada's Cannabis Act.

Andrew Potter is assistant professor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Daniel Weinstock is professor in the McGill Faculty of Law, and from 2013 to 2018, he was the director of McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy.

"It's high time to think beyond basic legalization, and this book provides a strong foundation for future considerations." Montreal Review of Books

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