Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.Sc.

Department

Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Fitzgerald, Amy (CRIMINOLOGY)

Keywords

Criminology.

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

This study investigates how structural obstacles facing the Canadian hemp industry impede development in directions that will help hemp's environmental benefits become realized. Green Criminology and eco-Marxism aid in analyzing these obstacles, (re)defining them as environmental harms, and conceptualizing alternatives. Interviews with eleven members of Canada's hemp industry provided valuable information regarding what impacts the industry. Four themes developed through the analysis of interview data include: (1) the impact of negative public perceptions on the industry; (2) regulatory inadequacies; (3) economic influences on market and technological experiences; and (4) environmental impacts influenced by the preceding themes. These interrelated themes help explain how the development of the industry in environmentally beneficial directions and the decision making of industry members vis-a-vis the environment are impacted by external factors.

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