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April 26-27, 2018 | Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (3644 Peel St., Montreal, QC)

Click here to register! | General admission: $100 / Student admission: $25

**This conference has been accredited for 15.25 hours of continuing legal education
by a recognized provider.**

This two-day conference will offer attendees the chance to reflect on the broad societal implications and policy challenges of marijuana legalization, and to learn from the experience of states and jurisdictions that have undergone similar legislative change. The IHSP has assembled a very distinguished list of speakers, including researchers, industry professionals, policy-makers, and high-ranking government officials from Canada, Portugal, and Uruguay, who will help us to think through the challenges and opportunities that legalization will give rise to. These include public safety and public health concerns, workplace challenges, economic implications, and complex questions as to how best to put in place a legal marijuana market in a context where an illegal market already exists. 


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Inaugural speaker:

  • Bill Blair, Member of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Health


Plenary speakers:

  • João Castel-Branco Goulão, General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD), Portugal

  • Leonardo Costa, Brum & Costa, Uruguay

  • Ethan Nadelmann, founding and former executive director, Drug Policy Alliance, USA


  • Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Scarborough

  • Alana Klein, Faculty of Law, McGill University

  • Allison Christians, Faculty of Law, McGill University

  • Anindya Sen, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

  • Caitlin Hughes, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales and National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre

  • Cam Battley, Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis

  • Chief Gina Deer & Chief Rhonda Kirby, Mohawk Council of Kahnawàke

  • David Hammond, CIHR Applied Chair in Public Health and Professor in the School of Public Health & Health Systems, University of Waterloo

  • Gabriella Gobbi, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

  • Hanan Kolko, Meyer Suozzi

  • Hannah Hetzer, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Jonathan Zaid, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

  • Kia Faridi, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University

  • Magdalena Cerda, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California, Davis

  • Malcolm Bird, Department of Political Science, The University of Winnipeg

  • François Gagnon, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

  • Michael DeVillaer, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University

  • Roojin Habibi, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa

  • Serge Brochu, Centre international de criminologie comparée, Université de Montréal

  • Sue Montgomery, Mayor of Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, City of Montréal

  • Stephen Easton, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University

  • Tahira Rehmatullah, Managing Director, Hypur Ventures

  • Van Butsic, Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California (Berkeley)

  • Vardit Ravitsky, Bioethics Programs, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of the School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

  • Vern White, Senator & former chief of the Ottawa Police Service

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