Perspectives on the legalization of cannabis in Canada and how this may impact university life

Hussey, Melissa H. (2018) Perspectives on the legalization of cannabis in Canada and how this may impact university life. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The Government of Canada announced the passing of bill C-45, providing legal access to Cannabis in Canada and, to control and regulate its production by October 2018 (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [CBC], 2017). Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance among university students, where the percentage is higher than any other age group (Adamson, UNICEF Office of Research, & Canadian Electronic Library, 2013). Yet little research has been conducted on their perceptions of cannabis legalization. It is inevitable that this change in cannabis policy will be implemented, and university students are of particular importance. The purpose of this study is to further understand students’ views and concerns pertaining to the recent topic of legalization of cannabis in Canada. Participants were interviewed to understand, and to explore, their perceptions of legalization of cannabis, giving them the opportunity to express how it may impact their lives, specifically while attending university. Themes arising from these semi-structured interviews and their implications for future research and practice are explored.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13596
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-141).
Keywords: Governance and Public Policy, Cannabis, Regulation, University Students
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: August 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: College students--Drug use—Canada; Cannabis—Social aspects--Canada; Marijuana--Law and legislation—Canada

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