Wednesday, October 17 marks the beginning of full cannabis legalization in Canada, but critics worry it is the beginning of a new, restrictive era some have nicknamed “Prohibition 2.0.” Legalization, they argue, gives the federal government full power over marijuana and the people who don’t comply with the new laws, thus opening the door for even more restrictive drug policies that could harm users.

“It could be more of a Big Brother situation than it’s ever been before,” Andrew Hathaway, Ph.D., tells Inverse. Hathaway, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Guelph in Ontario, has spent 25 years researching drug policy and drug culture.

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