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"The only real pockets of resistance to decriminalization is among Canadians over 60 years of age and Canadian Alliance voters (38% oppose).
Source: Opinion Poll, SES Research, February 2003 "Canada - Decriminalizing Marijuana" (PDF)
Other opposition to cannabis law reform in Canada
1. Organized Crime
2. Commercial Cannabis Growers
3. Drug Prevention Network of Canada
Ben Jenkins

DPNC web site

Ben Jenkins
DPNC President (2007-2008)
Read the "President's Letter"

Randy White

Randy White
Former DPNC President
Former Conservative MP for Langley, B.C.

More information on the DPNC Board of Directors

CBC: Cross Country Checkup - interview with Randy White

Randy White, interviewed by Rex Murphy. Read Transcript
May 18, 2003 - Cross Country Checkup (CBC Radio)

In 2002 Randy White vice-chaired the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs

Recommendation of the committee regarding cannabis:

The Committee recommends that the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health establish a comprehensive strategy for decriminalizing the possession and cultivation of not more than thirty grams of cannabis for personal use.

Final Report of the Special Committee on Non-Medical Use of Drugs - Tabled Dec.12, 2002
– Final Report Table of Contents
'SNUD' committee home page

Quote by Randy White about the decriminalization recommendation :
Canadian Alliance MP Randy White, vice-chairman of the parliamentary committee, said he would not oppose decriminalization for personal consumption if the amount of marijuana was five grams or less.

– "Ottawa Set To Ease Pot Laws" - December 10, 2002 - Globe and Mail
News Articles about Randy White and the DPNOC:

White applauds drug policy shift

Source: Langley Times (CN BC)
Pubdate: April 23, 2006
Web link:

In his new role as president of the [Drug Prevention Network of Canada] former Langley MP Randy White is happy Prime Minister Stephen Harper is getting tough on drugs.

"A new National Drug Strategy, mandatory minimum prison sentences and large fines for marijuana grow operations, a nationwide awareness campaign, withdrawal of support for injection sites, a crackdown on drug crime and no marijuana decriminalization legislation is a breath of fresh air for Canadians, as well as a reflection of real leadership we have not seen in decades in Canada," said White, who retired as Abbotsford MP last year.

He represented Langley in most of his years in the House of Commons, from 1993 to 2005.

"Mr. Harper's leadership will re-focus Canada on treatment, prevention and enforcement which is where the vast majority of countries in the world are today.

A new National Drug Strategy that promotes a healthy lifestyle -- free of drugs, opposes legalization of drugs and support of the United Nations Conventions and Treaties concerning drugs will end the decade of enabling policies of the previous Liberal government," he said.

The Drug Prevention Network of Canada is affiliated with Drug Prevention Networks in South America, the U.S., Central America, United Kingdom and many organizations in Canada.

"We all applaud and support Mr. Harper's effort to fix the serious drug problems we have in Canada and re-focus our efforts away from those bureaucratic programs that keep people addicted.

"We know from various scientific reports around the world that our new government is on the right track and I am very pleased to see such a significant and effective federal government agenda coming forward this early in its mandate," said White.

Drug Strategy or Bust

Source: Drug Strategy or Bust
Abbotsford Times
February 10, 2006

White wants to make peace with those fighting war on drugs.

Abbotsford's outspoken former MP may be retired from Parliament Hill, but the 57-year-old Randy White is far from idle.

After 13 years away from the hardwood court, White is back playing racquetball ["I'm still good at it, but I'm 12 years slower"], throwing rocks at a local curling rink, and polishing his RV to get it ready for some fun road trips with wife Marty, also newly retired.

To keep his management accountant's skills sharp, he's signed on as a director with an investment and equities firm, Vecten Corporation.

He's polishing his Espanol in preparation for volunteer work in Guatemala later this year.

At the invitation of Stan Hindmarsh, of Hallmark Independent Living, the Whites travelled to Guatemala last year to assist the Abbotsford philanthropist.

"We were down at a seniors' home, and it was bed on bed on bed. They got two meals a day, mostly black beans and cornbread," he said.

He fed disabled children and was overwhelmed at times by what he saw at a volunteer-run orphanage for children with AIDS.

"Some of the things I did there changed me completely - that and my trip to Afghanistan and the drug issues," he took on while he was a MP, he said during a coffee interview on Tuesday.

"You realize how much people here complain unnecessarily. It certainly made me want to give back to other societies," he said.

But White is saving his considerable energies for a new career, as president and the chief executive officer of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada, which he helped found last June.

Modelled after the Drug Prevention Network of the Americas in the United States and the National Drug Prevention Alliance in Britain, it aims to prevent the use of illegal drugs and the misuse of legal drugs through education, to promote healthy drug-free lifestyles, to advance abstinence-based treatment and to oppose legalization of street drugs in Canada.

The idea of the network was born at a 1994 United Nations conference on drugs for non-governmental groups.

Nations were encouraged to establish such networks. Like the DPNA, the Canadian version runs on private donations.

Based on what it's received so far, White expects the group's budget to exceed $600,000 this year.

Some other board members are George Glover, president of Teen Challenge, a Christian-based rehab group, Barry Berger, also of Teen Challenge, Ben Jenkins, who was on the DPNA board, and Gwen Landolt, the vice-president of REAL Women Canada.

While the board seems stacked with "right-leaning" members, White insists the DPNOC is non-partisan.

However, if governments are making errors in their view, White said he'll speak up.

"I'm not saying it won't be political. The organization should have some kind of notoriety, but if a government is wrong I'm going to say it," he said.

On the DPNOC to-do list, White returns to a goal left unfinished from his political days - to press the federal government, along with the provinces, to establish a national drug strategy.

The agency will gather current studies on drugs and treatments from around the world for the public and governments to use, and it also wants to create a directory of drug treatment facilities across the country for desperate parents and others seeking help. There are plans for campaigns aimed at kids to promote drug-free lifestyles.

White also has a goal to develop a reputation for being objective and factual and he won't "throw out rhetoric without some substantiated facts" to support it.

He rebukes Sen. Larry Campbell for encouraging Victoria to open a supervised injection site, based on the high-profile Vancouver experiment.

Campbell uses "questionable data" to back up his position, said White. The DPNOC doesn't support such harm reduction practices, however, White says it won't be his job to compete with that approach.

Instead he wants to establish some dialogue between the two camps.

"There is a war going on in Canada, but it's not the war on drugs. It's a war between those who support harm reduction and those who don't - and that's got to stop.

"Kids are getting addicted every day, but government is not leading, it's following and we have to come up with some solutions.

"Quite frankly it's a big challenge, a really big challenge, but I think it's worth it," he said.

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