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Ottawa, Apr 15 (Canadian-Media): Starting next year two new cannabis law course would be offered by University of Ottawa (U of O), the first Canadian university to offer this course, media reports said.
Adam Dodek, the school's dean law faculty said these course were necessary to prepare the future lawyers with the long term effects forthcoming legalization of marijuana would have.
As well, Dodek said, these courses would prepare the students to have solid understanding of how workplaces, condominium boards and criminal law would be affected by marijuana's legalization.
"We felt this is one of the biggest changes that will impact Canadian society and law over the course of the [next] few decades," he said in an interview with CBC."We are trying to very much respond to the public's needs and the needs of the next generation of lawyers."
The new courses will be taught by two lawyers who have been working on cannabis law. and will be offered both in English and French.
The school's partnership with Canopy Growth, the cannabis producer, would facilitate students to tour the company's facilities.
Dodek said it was also important for the students to understand how the law affects impaired driving cases.
"We know that drinking and driving is one of the most heavily tested areas in the criminal justice system, and we don't expect it will be any different for driving under the influence of cannabis."
Dodek admitted that it would be a challenge for the professors teaching the courses to adapt the curriculum to constantly evolving law.
"This is an area where we will be teaching in real time," he said. "And that is often one of the most exciting and challenging things to do."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)