On January 5th, GSL Director Steven Hoffman was interviewed for the Global News article “Why a 56-year-old UN treaty stands between you and legal pot.” Hoffman explains multiple workable options that Canada could take when legalizing marijuana, including key dates for pulling out of the UN drug treaties in question. Hoffman describes these treaties as “old, they’re outdated, they’re not reflective of current science.” However, there is a loophole wherein Canada could revise the constitution to allow marijuana legalization which would not contravene the existing international agreements. Hoffman notes that while this may be an option on the table, it lacks in priority compared to many other constitutional issues such as indigenous rights and the federal-provincial division of power. The Canadian government will need to choose their move to legalization wisely. Read the full article here.
Hoffman has previously written on Canada’s international legal obligations in the effort to legalize marijuana in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, in collaboration with GSL’s Roojin Habibi. Read the commentary here.