About Judith Stamps

Judith Stamps holds a doctorate in political theory from the University of Toronto, and has taught political science at the University of Victoria. She is author of Unthinking Modernity: Innis, McLuhan and the Frankfurt School, as well as numerous journal articles and letters to the editor. From 2013-2018, she served as editor of Cannabis Digest, and wrote weekly blogs for Cannabis Digest Blogs. More recently, she has been guest writer for The Daily Hive: Grow; Post Media’s TheGrowthOp; and BotaniQ magazine. Her current writing focuses on cannabis history, science, and culture, and the concept of prohibition.


Full CV

Judith Stamps: Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information


1286 Balmoral Road, Victoria BC, V8T 1B5






1985, BA Philosophy, University of Victoria

1987, MA Political Science, University of Victoria

1991, PhD Political Science, University of Toronto


Work Experience


University of Victoria, Political Science

1990-1995, Sessional Lecturer

1995-1997 Visiting Assistant Professor

1997-2001 Adjunct Professor


Courses: Ancient Political Thought; Early Modern Political Thought

New course developed and taught: Politics and the Media


Academic Publications


“Consumer Education and the Philosophy of Competitive Individualism in BC,” in BC Studies, No. 83, Autumn 1989, pp. 68-93.


“The Bias of Theory: A Critique of Pamela McCallum’s ‘Walter Benjamin and Marshall McLuhan: Theories of History’,” in Signature: A Journal of Theory and Canadian Literature, No. 3, summer 1990, pp. 44-62.


Unthinking Modernity: Innis McLuhan and the Frankfurt School, McGill-Queens University Press, 1995.


“Innis in the Canadian Dialectical Tradition” in ed. Charles R. Acland and William J. Buxton, Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions, McGill-Queens University Press, 1999, pp. 46-66.


Cannabis Related Work


April 2013-January 2014: Worked as a volunteer at Sensible BC. SBC was an attempt to use the BC Recall and Initiatives Act to force a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana in BC. Duties included campaign planning, managing the Sensible BC office in Victoria, talking with the general public, addressing the media, and helping individuals interested in signing the petition.


January 2014 to 2018. Editor at Cannabis Digest, Published by Ted Smith, a quarterly journal, distributed free of charge.


2015-16, editor, fact checker, and proof reader for Dana Larsen and Patrick Dowers, Cannabis in Canada: An Illustrated History Self Published, 2016, ISBN 978-0-9784020-2-0


Between December 2013 and December 2016, regular contributor to Cannabis Digest Blogs.


November 2015, guest speaker in a forum on medical cannabis at Victoria’s Temple Emmanuel, hosted by Rabbi Harry Brechner. My talk was on the history of medical cannabis in North America, post prohibition.


March 2016, guest speaker for the Vancouver Island chapter of WomenGrow, an association of cannabis extract and medicine makers. My talk was on building liaisons between WomenGrow and the Vancouver Island business community.


August 2016, chair at a Forum on Cannabis Policy put on by the Cannabis Rights Coalition, a Canadian activist organization. Topics centered on fostering small business.


September 2016, Media Representative at the convention of the Union of BC Municipalities, which passed two cannabis-related resolutions.


2018-2019, Guest Author at mainstream publications: The Daily Hive; BotaniQ Magazine; and Post Media’s TheGrowthOp.


All my cannabis related publications can be found at my website: https://jstamps.ca/