A History of Cannabis in Canada
How did medical and recreational cannabis use get legalized in Canada? Why was it prohibited in the first place? What were the social, political, economic, and legal factors that impacted cannabis legalization over the last century?
Here's a timeline that summarizes the journey to cannabis legalization in Canada.
“Plant-based drugs were demonized and linked to race-based policies. For smoking opium, it was Chinese-Canadians and the fear of the mixing of races – that women would be corrupted by Chinese men, or Black men [with cannabis], and abandon their family [to] have a life of crime and addiction. Cannabis easily fit into these tropes that already existed.”
- Susan C. Boyd, Busted: An Illustrated History of Drug Prohibition in Canada
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