Since the 1990s, the international drug-control regime has eroded because many societies have decided that drug prohibitions produce more problems than benefits. Cannabis has been a prominent focus of drug-policy reforms, which has also enabled expanded production of cannabis for non-drug purposes such as fiber and oilseeds. Many jurisdictions in Europe, North America, South America, and Africa have decriminalized and/or legalized some instances of cannabis production, sales, possession, and use. The emergence of legal, open markets—such as AAG attendees will see in Denver—and the simultaneous persistence of black markets has had complex geographic effects. Yet geographic studies of the plant are surprisingly sparse, and broader knowledge of the plant has been distorted by twentieth-century war-on-drugs politics. This paper session gathers current geographical research on international linkages that have emerged in recent years as cannabis has become more widely legal. Cannabis has always been a global commodity, but the expansion of legal production, trade, and consumption has produced new relationships within ongoing processes of political-economic globalization. These papers examine the emerging power differentials and moral choices that center upon international cannabis.
|Presenter||Barney Warf*, University of Kansas, Social and Environmental Impacts of Illegal Cannabis Grow Operations in the U.S.||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Susan Dupej*, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Approaching Cannabis Tourism in Canada with Social Responsibility||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Chris Duvall*, University of New Mexico, Textbook neocolonialism? Try cannabis||15||12:00 AM|
|Presenter||Julian Bloomer*, Mary Immaculate College, The evolving legal geographies of cannabis production and livelihoods in Lesotho||15||12:00 AM|
|Discussant||Garrett Graddy-Lovelace American University School of International Service||15||12:00 AM|
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