"Critical Perspectives on Cannabis in Canada" Journal of Canadian Studies

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Call for Papers
December 1, 2019
New Brunswick, Canada
Subject Fields: 
Canadian History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology

This special issue of the Journal of Canadian Studies is intended to examine cannabis from a variety of disciplinary and critical perspectives; notably historical, sociological, socio-legal, cultural, and criminological.  Moreover, this special issue is especially interested in contributions from scholars who can offer a comparative analysis of how cannabis is viewed and regulated in multiple jurisdictions.

Possible topics include:

  • The factors that contributed to the normalization of cannabis use.


  • The factors that convinced the Federal government, and other national and sub-national governments, that voters would accept the legalization of cannabis.


  • The reasons why cannabis is no longer considered by many to be a radical substance.


  • The extent to which the legalization of cannabis will eliminate the “black market” for marijuana.


  • Whether the use of legal cannabis will increase amongst non-users, particularly among youth.


  • How governments have operationalized the sale of legal cannabis, including edibles.


  • Indigenous communities and legal cannabis.


  • The police response to the legalization of cannabis.


  • Whether other countries will follow Canada’s example and legalize cannabis.


  • Whether the legalization of cannabis will lead to the decriminalization of other illegal drugs.

We invite submissions in either English or French that deal with one or more of the above-mentioned topics or other possible topics that focus on the theme of this special issue.  We also encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary and international/comparative perspective.

Authors should submit a 500-word abstract and a 50-word bio. to Michael Boudreau (mboudreau@stu.ca) and Sarah Hamill (sarah.hamill@tcd.ie) in English or French by December 1, 2019.

By January 15, 2020 authors will be notified whether they should submit a full version of their paper for peer review.

The due date for completed papers is May 1, 2020.

Final publication date is Spring 2021.

Submission Guidelines may be found here: https://www.utpjournals.press/journals/jcs/journal/authors/submission

For further information, please contact us at the email addresses above.

Contact Info: 

Dr. Michael Boudreau


Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice

St. Thomas University

51 Dineen Drive

Fredericton, New Brunswick

E3B 5G3

(506) 452-0501





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