“Five Years of Cannabis Regulation” Congress

Five Years of Cannabis Regulation Congress


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General Information
Five years after the approval of the first comprehensive cannabis regulation law in the world, Monitor Cannabis Uruguay and the School of Social Science of Universidad de la República are convening an academic discussion on the various aspects that arise from the implementation and results of a law of this kind. The analysis of the Uruguayan case and the experience of other countries will allow us to draw lessons and learnings for the ongoing reform processes and their impacts on peoples’s welfare.

With this congress, Monitor Cannabis Uruguay intends to improve the flow of evidence-based information on cannabis regulation policy, as well as to disseminate and facilitate scientific research linked to cannabis in Uruguay, the region and the world.

The congress Five years of cannabis regulation will be held from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 December 2018, at the School of Social Science of Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay).

The event will feature four types of activities: panels, roundtables, lectures and posters.
The following experts have confirmed their participation in the Congress:

Tom Decorte
Founder of the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD) of the University of Ghent, Belgium. An anthropologist, specialized in criminology, he has participated in various research initiatives on cannabis social clubs from a comparative perspective, regulation of markets of psychoactive substances, and trajectories of use. More info
Benedikt Fischer
PhD (Criminology/U of Toronto) is a Senior Scientist in the Social & Epidemiological Research Department, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and Professor (status) at the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry, the Institute of Medical Science, and the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies. His research focuses on the determinants, epidemiology and harms of psychoactive substance use. More info
Juan Carlos Garzón-Vergara
Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center (Washington, DC) and a research associate at Fundación Ideas para la Paz (Colombia). Garzón is an international advisor on security and drug policy reform. Some of his current projects include analyzing the marijuana regulation experiences and assessing the consequences of drug law enforcement in Latin America. More info
Martin Jelsma
Founding director of the Drugs & Democracy programme at the Transnational Institute (TNI) in Amsterdam. Mr. Jelsma has been an advisor to the Global Commission on Drug Policy; was a member of the Organization of American States scenarios team; collaborates in the GIZ Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development; and is a member of the UNDP/ICHRDP team to develop international human rights guidelines for drug control. As a leading expert on the UN drug control system, he regularly advises governments around the world on drug policy reform options. More info
Beau Kilmer
PhD in Public Policy, and member of the RAND Corporation, where he co-directs the research center on Drug Policy. He is a specialist in the monitoring and evaluation of different regimes of prohibition and regulation of psychoactive substances, particularly in the areas of public health and safety. More info
Stephanie Lake
PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health of the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is a research assistant at the Center on Substance Abuse at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on issues related to the legalization of cannabis in Canada and the health implications of legalization, including the use of opioids and related damages. More info



Research papers will be presented under the following thematic areas:

  • Regulation of cannabis in Uruguay: implementation, results, opportunities and challenges. Works that explore the different access routes to legal cannabis for adult / recreational use: domestic cultivation, cannabis social clubs and pharmacy dispensing.
  • Cannabis and society. Works that explore cultural aspects, use practices, daily life, social aspects, public opinion, gender, political debate, involved actors and productive aspects.
  • Drugs, education and public health. Works linked to risk management strategies and harm reduction, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Relationship between drugs and crime. Research exploring the link between drugs and crime, drug trafficking organization and the link between drug markets and legal economies, the application of justice to drug crimes and its biases.
  • Cannabis regulation in the world Research exploring the international political discussion and multilateral organizations, as well as comparative and case studies on the different models of prohibition and regulation that exist in the world.
  • Regulation of medical cannabis: learnings and challenges. Research on experiences in medical cannabis regulation in the world, the medical uses of cannabis, and access barriers to products and treatments.




Discussion roundtables will feature key actors in the implementation of cannabis regulation in different thematic areas. The main research findings presented at the panels will be retaken and the relevance of the evidence for policymaking will be discussed.



Dissertations by international keynote speakers elaborating on the most significant aspects of cannabis regulation.


Visual summaries of research linked to diverse aspects of the field of cannabis studies in Uruguay.


Registration until 11/23/2018 – 1,000 UYU

Registration after 11/23/2018 – 1,500 UYU

Undergraduate students – 500 UYU


Queries can be sent through the contact form.