GSL Director discusses Canada's options to legalizing cannabis while still in line with 3 UN drug control treaties

July 19, 2017
Global News

While Canada has missed the mark on declaring withdrawal from the three UN drug control treaties in order to legalize cannabis on the July 1st 2018 timeline promised by the Liberals, GSL Director Steven Hoffman discusses other options still available to the government. In a Global News article, Hoffman mentions three key opportunities for the government to take advantage of in order to legalize cannabis whithout contravening our signatoried duties: putting off legalization; amending the constitution; and, legalizing cannabis under the pretense of scientific research. However, the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released a report with a section on Canada declaring that “the limitation of the use of drugs to medical and scientific purposes is a fundamental principle that lies at the heart of the international drug control framework, to which no exception is possible and which gives no room for flexibility.” Meanwhile, the Liberals have not publicy explained how they intend to legalize cannabis while remaining in good stead with Canada's international treaty obligations. Read the full article here.