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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.

 

(1) Back to Top

Canadian Drug Policy Coalition Getting To Tomorrow: A Report on Canadian Drug Policy - 2013

http://drugpolicy.ca/progress/getting-to-tomorrow/

 

The report of the RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy. Final report: Drugs facing facts - March 2007

http://www.rsadrugscommission.org/

 

Canadian Public Health Association 2007 Resolutions

http://www.cpha.ca/uploads/resolutions/2007_e.pdf

 

The Fraser Institute – Vancouver B.C. Marijuana Growth in British Columbia - May 2004

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/commerce.web/product_files/Marijuana.pdf

 

Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs - 2002

http://norml.ca/senate-report/

 

The Le Dain Commission Report 1972

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/ledain/ldctoc.html

 

Nixon’s Shaffer Commission report March 1970

http://www.druglibrary.org/Schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm

 

The La Guardia Committee Report – 1944

http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/lag/lagmenu.htm

 

 

Media stories:

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

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/camh-calls-for-legalization-of-marijuana-1.2793460

 

The Inside Agenda Blog

CAMH Backs Legalized Marijuana

Sandra Gionas, October 9, 2014

http://theagenda.tvo.org/blog/agenda-blogs/camh-backs-legalized-marijuana




 

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