Prof Discusses History of Cannabis in Canada With TVO Panel

Prof. Catherine Carstairs

Prof. Catherine Carstairs

U of G professor Catherine Carstairs appeared on TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin on June 28 at 8 p.m. talking about the history of cannabis in Canada.

The segment was entitled “Pot Prohibition: A Long, Strange Trip.”

Chair of U of G’s Department of History, Carstairs joined York University professor Marcel Martel and Aquasi Owusu-Bempa, a professor at the University of Toronto, in a panel discussion about changing attitudes toward cannabis use in Canada.

They talked about the history of marijuana as a common product, its prohibition and its return to a legal market.

Carstairs has written about how cannabis use became illegal in Canada, including Jailed for Possession: Illegal Drug Use, Regulation, and Power in Canada, 1920-1961. She recently published articles on the history of cannabis use in Canada in The Conversation and the National Post.

Carstairs studies the history of illegal drug use, health and illness, and 20th-century cultural and social history.