Friday, May 13, 2016
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Cannabis Legalization: Who Wins and Who Loses? (Plenary session)
This panel will discuss options for the regulation of the Cannabis industry, reflecting on the needs of medical patients who require Cannabis as well as its use for recreational and other purposes. The discussion will address who will profit from the process of legalization, what kinds of activities could stay or become criminalized, what it means for other drugs and harm reduction, and the wider social ramifications of legalization in Canada. Panelists will be asked to reflect on the potential impacts of regulation on stakeholder groups such as medical patients, communities of colour, drug users, people with disabilities, members of marginalized socio-economic communities and those with mental health difference.
• Renatta Austin – Moderator
• Paul Lewin – Counsel for Matt Mernagh in Regina vs Mernagh (2011) and Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada
Jenna Valleriani – PhD Candidate, Board member of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy
• Dr. Daniel Werb – Director of the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
• Roger Love – Counsel, Human Rights Legal Support Centre
Full Conference Price: $175 for Lawyers&Paralegals / $50 for Community Members/ $10 Friday night only (No one turned away for lack of funds)
Childcare Available, Scent-Free Environment, CART Services, Wheel-Chair Accessible Venue.