Legalizing Marijuana in Canada: Policy Challenges


Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA
Students: 25$. General admission: 100$

Organized by McGill's Institute for Health and Social Policy, this conference is a chance to reflect on the broad societal implications and policy challenges of the Canadian federal government’s decision to legalize marijuana and to learn from the experience of states and jurisdictions that have undergone similar legislative change.

The conference will examine all aspects of the policy challenges that face Canada as it moves to legalize marijuana – from clinical considerations to do with health, to public safety, to Canada’s international legal obligations and the economic and political implications of legalization.

We will hear from academics, policy-makers and high-ranking government officials from Canada, Portugal and Uruguay.

Panellists will discuss themes such as Health Outcomes and Marijuana Legalization; Community Responses; Harm Reduction; and Marijuana Legalization: Economic Implications. The program is now available.

Registration: purchase your tickets online. We have lowered the price. Those who have already purchased tickets will have the difference refunded.

This conference has been accredited for 15 hours of continuing legal education for jurists by a recognized provider.

Plenary speakers:

  • João Castel-Branco Goulão, General Directorate for Intervention Addictive, Behaviours and Dependancies, Portugal
  • Leonardo Costa, Brum & Costa, Uruguay
  • Ethan Nadelmann, Ex Director, Drug Policy Alliance, USA


  • Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, University of Toronto, Scarborough
  • Alana Klein, McGill University
  • Allison Christians, McGill University
  • Anindya Sen, University of Waterloo
  • Cam Battley, Aurora Cannabis
  • Chief Gina Deer & Chief Rhonda Kirby, Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke
  • David Hammond, University of Waterloo
  • Eric Doucet, Legal Counsel for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke
  • Gabriella Gobbi, McGill University
  • Hanan Kolko, Meyer Suozzi
  • Hannah Hetzer, Drug Policy Coalition
  • Jonathan Zaid, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana
  • Kia Faridi, McGill University
  • Magdalena Cerda, University of California, Davis
  • Malcolm Bird, The University of Winnipeg
  • Marie Chapados & François Gagnon, Institut national de santé publique du Québec
  • Michael DeVillaer, McMaster University
  • Rachel Huggins, Public Safety Canada
  • Roojin Habibi, University of Ottawa
  • Serge Brochu, Université de Montréal
  • Stephen Easton, Simon Fraser University
  • Tahira Rehmatullah, Hypur Ventures
  • Van Butsic, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vardit Ravitsky, Université de Montréal
  • Vern White, Senator & former chief of the Ottawa Police Service