Public Policy Expert Will Stewart Predicts Legalization Details

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Public policy expert Will Stewart predicts legalization details Stewart is asking if legal recreational cannabis means what we think it does?

As a longtime political hobbyist, I cannot help but be excited by the promised tabling of legislation in Parliament, which will end the prohibition on recreational use of cannabis in Canada.

Without question, it will have different meaning to different people. For some, it is the next step in a lifetime of social activism, and perhaps social disobedience. For others, it creates uncertainty, as medical cannabis users see their medicine move from a therapeutic product to a vice. The list of stakeholders is long, and concerns about how this new intoxicant will affect healthcare, insurance and other traditional Canadian businesses are legitimate.

That said, I see this through a different lens.

Politics have been at the forefront of my entire career. I am fascinated by watershed moments in public policy. We are about to see one. This once-in-a-lifetime event will be the end of prohibition for a product Canadians are already consuming in droves.

At the risk of being proved wrong in a few short days, I thought I would lay out a series of predictions on what will be contained in the forthcoming legislation, but with a twist. I will set my own biases aside and look specifically at the politics of the issue, using the statements made by politicians themselves as key indicators of what to expect.

In other words, I am going to dive deeper into politician speak, what do these master communicators’ key messages really mean when they speak on the topic of cannabis reform.

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