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Grounded Theory: The Moral Order of Cannabis Hemp in Canada
Cannabis legalization is coming to Canada in 2018. The Liberal government in Canada has promised to follow through on their campaign policy of legalizing cannabis after seeing a strong demand from the public for a change in drug laws. The troubling reality is that it has taken the Canadian government a suspiciously long time to draft legislation that continues to operate off an ambiguous, speculative, and unsubstantiated framework. The present paper argues that CBC and CTV News are agenda setting outlets in the context of cannabis legalization in Canada. To understand our moral order, this paper explores the media representation of laws, rules, and regulations being drafted and the research being conducted for cannabis legalization. The proposed legislation excludes critical information every Canadian citizen needs to know about the cannabis hemp plant, information that empowers the public, discredits the government’s discourse on cannabis, and threatens the agendas of many corporations and industries.
Cannabis hemp, cannabis, corporatization, villainization, risk, evidence, legalization, Canada