2024 Symposium

Clearing the Smoke: Discussions on Cannabis Regulation Here and Abroad

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Please join the Connecticut Journal of International Law at its 2024 Symposium, Clearing the Smoke: Discussing Cannabis Regulation Here and Abroad.

About This Event

This symposium brings together speakers from the legal, scientific, and academic fields to discuss how cannabis deregulation has affected their work. Experts will discuss the challenges and successes they have faced post-legalization, both internationally and locally, as well as reforms they would recommend relating to laws and policies regulating cannabis here and abroad.


This event is free for students and the general public.



Friday, February 16, 2024

The first panel will discuss cannabis regulation internationally and how deregulation has created opportunities in research, business and the legal field. Panelists will also discuss what barriers remain in their respective fields and territories. We will be joined by Professor Marcos Baudean from ORT University of Uruguay, Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah of the University of Toronto, and Constanza Sánchez Avilléz, the director of Law, Public Policy and Human Rights for the Foundation for International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service. Panelists will appear virtually for an in-person panel presentation.

Between the first and second panel lunch will be provided and guests will have the opportunity to chat and mingle with other attendees.

The second panel will focus on cannabis deregulation in the United States and Connecticut specifically. Panelists will discuss what business and legal opportunities have opened in the state. Conversations will also discuss the focus on ensuring opportunities are fair and equitable. We will be joined by Attorney Sara Westby of Shipman and Goodwin, Attorney Lee Redeye Deputy Counsel of the Seneca Nations, Director Ginnie Rae-Clay of the Social Equity Counsel, and Deputy Commissioner Shirley Skyers-Thomas of Connecticut’s Department of Consumer Regulation.

Please direct any questions to clare.hebert@uconn.edu and to corey.evans@uconn.edu.