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Buzz Kill

The Corporatization of Cannabis

Distributed for Black Rose Books

Buzz Kill

The Corporatization of Cannabis

A wide-ranging exploration of the legalization of cannabis in Canada and what we can learn from it.

Cronyism, greed, and corruption trumped social justice and public health in Canada’s legalization of cannabis. How did we get here? Where are we going? More humane drug policy—which prioritizes public health over corporate profits—is possible. Canada legalized the sale of recreational cannabis in 2018. Buzz Kill recounts the political and corporate collusion in creating an industry out of thin air that supplanted an illicit century-old industry. Drawing on lessons from alcohol and tobacco regulation in Canada and the United States, this book shows that, rather than basing policy choices on evidence, Canada’s political elites created a new regulated industry that would line their own pockets.

450 pages | 6 x 9

Economics and Business: Economics--History

Political Science: Public Policy


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Table of Contents

Section I: Laying the Foundation
1. Playing with Our Body Chemistry: Drugs and Society
2. Persuasion and Influence
Section II: The Setup
3. A Brief History of Cannabis Policy
4. Cannabis Decriminalization: A Proven Success Abandoned
5. A New Legal Drug Industry: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Section III: The Main Event
6. Legalization for Recreational Use in Canada: How It Really Happened and Why
7. Post-Legalization: More Regulatory Non-Compliance and Corporate Crime
8. Green Rush in The Red
Section IV: Preparing for The Future
9. Let’s Try Something Different
10. What’s Next in Drug Policy Reform?
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