GSL Director quoted in Canadian Press story on the lack of clarity on government's cannabis legalization plans

July 5, 2017
Globe and Mail

On July 5th, the Canadian Press quoted GSL Director Steven Hoffman in an article titled "Opposition, experts seek clarity on drug treaties ahead of pot legalization." The article notes that the deadline to deliver notice to the United Nations (UN) that Canada would be withdrawing from the three UN treaties that control and criminalize drug access, including cannabis, passed on July 1st. Hoffman argues that "The lack of clarity around how the federal government is going to address its international legal obligations under the UN drug control treaties is concerning given it sends the message to countries around the world ... that our international law obligations are not at the forefront of our minds." While a spokesperson for the federal government claims that international obligations are being taken into account ahead of cannabis legalization, critics have requested that the decisions being made by government should be made public. Read more here.

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