Reconciling Canada's Legalization of Non-Medical Cannabis with the UN Drug Control Treaties: The Government of Canada is introducing legislation that will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. Canada’s current international legal obligations are incompatible with its plans to legalize the use of non-medical cannabis. This report focuses on how Canada can remain party to the conventions without either withdrawing from the conventions or amending them. We conclude that the scientific purposes exemption provides the strongest grounds for Canada to legalize non-medical cannabis without having to withdraw from the UN drug control conventions. Canada may formulate a scientific research objective for the legalization scheme that aligns with the data collection objective already identified by the Government of Canada and that adheres to the ICJ’s identified criteria (report available here).
By Megan Fultz, Lisa Page, Alysha Pannu, and Matthew Quick.