July 17, 2018

Ready or not: The legal landscape for cannabis


With legalized recreational cannabis upon us, Canadian regulators and policy-makers have been scrambling to prepare. A patchwork of laws and bylaws is emerging across the country at the national, provincial and municipal levels, providing an unprecedented opportunity to evaluate the comparative impacts of different legal frameworks.

Lorian Hardcastle from UCalgary's Faculty of Law and Cumming School of Medicine reviews Canada's evolving legal landscape for cannabis, including consumption and possession restrictions, retail models and licensing, implications for landlord and tenant and food safety laws as they relate to edibles, and the fate of the existing medical cannabis regime.


About the speaker

Lorian Hardcastle is an assistant professor in UCalgary's Faculty of Law. She is also a member of the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Cumming School of Medicine, the O’Brien Institute for Public Health and the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board. Lorian's research interests focus on regulation and governance of the health care system, hospital and governmental liability and accountability, patient safety, health system organization and finance, comparative health policy, and the self-regulation of health professionals.