Calgary 420 Cannabis Community
CTVNEWS.CA - Fact check: Harper's statements on illegal drugs
Today decriminalize is nothing more then a net widening effect for the police. The decriminalize option might have been better received in 1972 when the Le Dain Commission Report was released in 1972.
Since 1972 there has been a larger number of real evidence based drug policy studies found prohibition type drug policies have failed miserable and to end prohibition drug polices which will reduce the harms created by decades of failed prohibition based drug policies.
September 2002 Senate Report on Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy http://norml.ca/senate-report/ and more recently in October 2014 Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) released yet a another evidence based study called Cannabis Framework Policy. http://camh.ca/en/hospital/about_camh/influencing_public_policy/Documents/CAMHCannabisPolicyFramework.pdf
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.
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
The Inside Agenda Blog
IMPORTANT ADDITION AUGUST 12, 2015:
International Centre for Science in Drug Policy
Leading international scientific body reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation, finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence
ICSDP reviews thirteen oft-repeated claims on cannabis use and regulation and finds that none are strongly supported by scientific evidence
Dr. Dan Werb wins inaugural $1.5 million Avenir Award from US National Institute on Drug Abuse and is named Director of the ICSDP
At the United Nations in New York, the ICSDP shares scientific evidence suggesting that prohibition has been ineffective at protecting youth
THC limited to only 3%! CBD, CBN and other compounds no limits!
What evidence does Health Canada use to make this the best decision for the safety of Canadian’s health?
Sativex – a liquid extract of marijuana plants used in the treatment of certain symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis and certain kinds of pain; and
Cesamet – a capsule containing a synthetic version of THC, used in the management of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy.
Section 56 Exemptions:
In a unanimous Supreme Court of Canada R. v. Smith decision released Thursday, June 11, 2015. The current rules prevent people with a legitimate need for medical marijuana from choosing a method of ingestion that avoids the potential harms of smoking it.
The annual Global Marijuana March is held on the first Saturday of May every year in up to 300 cites world wide.
The 11th annual Calgary Global Marijuana March in Calgary was on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Calgary City Hall 800 Macleod Trail SE.
Do not agitate! Educate with evidence and science remains the main focus of all Calgary 420 cannabis community events in Calgary, Alberta.
Free drug policy reform evidence and scientific information. Medical cannabis information on the benefits and be legally allowed to posses and consume medical cannabis. Access doctors participating in the current Health Canada MMPR program. Sponsors provide products such as vaporizers, glass art, t-shirts, magazines, funding and so much more.
This year again in Calgary the weather was poor, dry and no snow thankfully but there was a cold wind chill that only worsened as the event continued. The weather has always affected the number of people attending which is estimated at 100-120 which was higher then the previous 2 years when it also snowed. Calgary 420 sponsors for over 10 years Bongs and Such and The Next Level were this years official march/parade marshals. The oldest cannabis drug policy reform organization in Canada (1978) National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws in Canada (NORML Canada} was well represented by national leadership and several Calgary volunteers attending proudly marching in the front of the parade with a 5 foot by 3 foot NORML Canada banner.
Video archive coming soon.
660 All News Radio (two audio clips Saturday morning May 2)
Calgary Herald photographer
Parliament of Canada E-Petitions