Posted on February 25, 2019 by Tia Lalani

In 1922, Emily Murphy, in The Black Candle, quoted personal correspondence from Charles A. Jones, the Los Angeles chief of police. “Marijuana addicts, while under its influence, are immune to pain…they become raving maniacs and are liable to kill or indulge in any form of violence to other persons, using the most savage methods of …


In 1922, Emily Murphy, in The Black Candle, quoted personal correspondence from Charles A. Jones, the Los Angeles chief of police. “Marijuana addicts, while under its influence, are immune to pain…they become raving maniacs and are liable to kill or indulge in any form of violence to other persons, using the most savage methods of cruelty without any sense of moral responsibility.” The following year cannabis was added to the Confidential Restricted List under the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill, with no discussion about whether it was in fact dangerous. Critics have long argued that criminalizing cannabis was an attempt at linking it to undesirable populations and had little to do with public welfare concerns. On October 17, 2018, the Canadian government legalized cannabis, putting an end to almost 100 years of prohibition. For many, the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) reflects both the growing normalization of cannabis by Canadian users and non-users alike, as well as their recognition of the futility of the war on drugs and an interest in implementing alternative harm reduction approaches. This presentation will examine the history of cannabis prohibition, key aspects of cannabis normalization, the social contexts of cannabis use, and, finally, the implications cannabis legalization has for the development of future drug policy in Canada.


Tuesday, March 19

7:00 pm

Mayer Community Hall, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre

Refreshments will be provided. 

Please register at rsvp.augustana@ualberta.ca | 780.679.1626


Photo courtesy of https://tools420.ca/canadian-cannabis-legalization.


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