Calgary 420 Cannabis Community
October 2014 Toronto Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released a an evidence based study called Cannabis Framework Policy.
The CAMH study like so many other past evidence based drug policy studies(1) conclusions lead to prohibition of cannabis is a seriously flawed drug control policy. Legalizing cannabis will not only greatly reduce harm to our families and communities but will allow for a much safer way to actually have some control with regulations.
No need to reinvent the wheel either. Copy the beer and wine regulations. Selling on a commercial level the products provided are regulated the same as beer and wine are now. The regulations allow people to produce their own beer and wine while also providing for private for profit businesses to sell regulated products produced in a regulated commercial facility.
Advertising in the media shouldn't be allowed. Stop allowing alcohol advertising would also help reduce the harm caused from irresponsible use of alcohol products.
Hyper over regulation and or taxation is not the answer either if we really want to gain more control. Avoiding over regulation and or taxation will help reduce the violent criminal gangs current complete control of the cannabis market.
Educate with only evidence based facts starting with cannabis is a safer recreational drug then alcohol, coffee and many other currently legal substances.
Then use the huge amount of law enforcement resources that would become available to be more proactive in stopping crimes then just reactive after people have become victims of harm from another. Colorado has shown huge increase of tax revenue, a reduction in crime and law enforcement costs.
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Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy - 2013
The report of the RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy. Final report: Drugs facing facts - March 2007
Canadian Public Health Association 2007 Resolutions
The Fraser Institute – Vancouver B.C. Marijuana Growth in British Columbia - May 2004
Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs - 2002
The Le Dain Commission Report 1972
Nixon’s Shaffer Commission report March 1970
The La Guardia Committee Report – 1944
Marijuana should be legalized with strict controls to curb its use and social harms, the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says.
CBC News October 9, 2014
The Inside Agenda Blog
CAMH Backs Legalized Marijuana
Sandra Gionas, October 9, 2014
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (September 2014)
THE ‘WAR ON DRUGS’ HAS FAILED
Summery of recommendations:
"Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions."
"Stop criminalizing people for drug use and possession – and stop imposing compulsory treatment on people whose only offense is drug use or possession. "
"Allow and encourage diverse experiments in legally regulating markets in currently illicit drugs, beginning with but not limited to cannabis, coca leaf and certain novel psychoactive substances."
"Rely on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent, low-level participants in illicit drug markets such as farmers, couriers and others involved in the production, transport and sale of illicit drugs."
"Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime. "
"Focus on reducing the power of criminal organizations as well as the violence and insecurity that result from their competition with both one another and the state." Download full report at
Download full report at Global_Commission_Report_English.pdf
Jesse Tahirali, CTVNews.ca
Trudeau hit back at the allegations, not only defending his position, but questioning whether Fantino’s approach of criminalized marijuana was more dangerous for youth.
“I’ve been very clear that we need to control and regulate marijuana use to protect our young people from marijuana use,” Trudeau said at a press conference, adding that marijuana sales right now fund criminal organizations.
The New York Times
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