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Recreational Cannabis Laws in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia: A Living Laboratory for Examining Mechanisms of Policy Diffusion

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dc.contributor.advisor Snow, Dave
dc.contributor.author Train, Andrew
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-15T13:16:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-15T13:16:32Z
dc.date.copyright 2019-04
dc.date.created 2019-04-10
dc.date.issued 2019-04-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/15862
dc.description.abstract Since the inception of Canada’s recreational cannabis laws, every province has drafted a corresponding legislative framework. Which aspects of these provincial cannabis laws — namely policy goals, instruments and settings—diffused from the federal government, and which did not? This paper employs a qualitative analysis of material from the federal government and the provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia to answer this question. The mechanisms by which policy diffused were coercion, learning and replication, with competition and imitation being absent entirely. The research demonstrates that different forms of diffusion have increased the likelihood for policy myopia becoming a source of policy failure given the over-reliance on replication of alcohol and tobacco policies. It recommends that any other jurisdictions considering the development of recreational cannabis policy (1) not impose a restrictive timeline for policy initiation, and (2) not overly rely on policy learning through replication of analogous legislative fields. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/ *
dc.subject Public Policy en_US
dc.subject Policy Diffusion en_US
dc.subject Federalism en_US
dc.subject Cannabis Law en_US
dc.subject Canadian Governance en_US
dc.subject Provincial Administrative Law en_US
dc.subject Criminal Law en_US
dc.subject Policy Learning en_US
dc.subject Coercion en_US
dc.subject Coercive Diffusion en_US
dc.subject Provincial Cannabis Law en_US
dc.subject Canada's Cannabis Policy en_US
dc.subject Recreational Cannabis Policy en_US
dc.subject Social Learning Framework en_US
dc.subject Policy Goals en_US
dc.subject Policy Instruments en_US
dc.subject Policy Settings en_US
dc.subject Policy Failure en_US
dc.subject Policy Myopia en_US
dc.subject Policy Replication en_US
dc.subject Constitutional Law en_US
dc.subject Public Administration en_US
dc.subject Political Theory en_US
dc.subject Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms en_US
dc.subject Cannabis Legalization en_US
dc.subject Policymaking en_US
dc.title Recreational Cannabis Laws in the Canadian Provinces of Ontario, New Brunswick, Alberta and British Columbia: A Living Laboratory for Examining Mechanisms of Policy Diffusion en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Political Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
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