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Akwasi Owusu-Bempah

University of Toronto

Sociology professor

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah is a sociology professor and chair of the Massey College governing board at the University of Toronto. His academic work examines the racialized nature of drug law enforcement in North America and how drug legalization is used to redress harms caused by drug prohibition. Owusu-Bempah has lobbied federal governments to revise their drug laws, and, through his work with Cannabis Amnesty, collaborated with some of the world’s largest cannabis companies to advance their corporate social-responsibility mandates. The author of Waiting to Inhale: Cannabis Legalization and the Fight for Racial Justice, his research has appeared on Vice News and in the Toronto Star, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Race and Justice, and Theoretical Criminology.