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Conservative politicians who support drug law reform...
Senator Hugh Segal

Senator Hugh Segal

Tough on poverty, tough on crime
March 2, 2011 - Toronto Star

"If Canadians want to wage an effective war on crime we must first reshape the debate. If crime abatement is the goal, it is time for all Canadians and their governments to become tough on poverty. By doing so, the outcomes we all want — safer communities and diminishing prison populations — will follow."

Tom Flanagan

Tom Flanagan - political science professor at the University of Calgary, author, and conservative political activist. He also served as an advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper until 2004.

Guns and grow-ops: Conservatives should be consistent
It's time to re-examine their views about the prohibition on mind-altering drugs

September 20, 2010 - Globe and Mail
by Tom Flanagan

Over time, conservatives have become enthusiastic champions of drug prohibition, while liberals and other leftists are starting to move on. The critics have done us all a favour by pointing out the enormous damage caused by prohibition:
  1. Corruption, criminality and even civil war in drug-producing countries such as Colombia and Afghanistan,
  2. An increase in property crime, as the high price of illegal drugs leads users to pay for their habit by stealing;
  3. The growth of organized crime and outlaw gangs running the illegal drug industry along with associated sidelines such as smuggling and money-laundering.

The prohibition of drugs doesn't work any better than the prohibition of alcohol; drugs are now just as widely available as was alcohol before the repeal of that prohibition; and, like the prohibition of alcohol, prohibition of drugs is doomed to repeal in the long run.


Senator Pierre Claude Nolin - Chair of the 2002 Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drug Use

Source: Pot less harmful than alcohol: Senate report
CBC News
September 4, 2002

"Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue." read the full article

Read the "Conclusions & Recommendations" of the 2002 SenateCommittee Report.

Terence Corcoran

Terence Corcoran - Editor, Financial Post Magazine

One Step Closer to a Police State
June 15, 2001 - National Post

"The common thread running through these money-laundering and other anti-crime laws around the world leads straight to Washington and the most futile crime crusade since prohibition: the war on drugs. Hundreds of billions of dollars, global prosecution regimes and out of control police actions are doing little to stop the drug trade. But they are lining the pockets of bureaucrats and police workers and laying the groundwork for institutionalized state control."
Karen Selick

Karen Selick - Legal writer and litigation director for the Canadian Constitution Foundation

Just Say No to the War on Drugs
October 1994 - Canadian Lawyer magazine

It's not just the waste of money that's objectionable. The war on drugs is creating many other harmful consequences for North American society. Canada is following the U.S. into one legislated nightmare after another, and will soon start to pay the same social price. It is time to identify those costs and weigh them against the questionable benefits of our policy of prohibition.

Conservative MP Scott Reid - Lanark - Frontenac - Lennox and Addington

Source: Should We End Prohibition?
Policy Options magazine (PDF)
October 2001

Many currently banned substances have physical and psychological effects that are no more harmful than those associated with legal recreational drugs such as caffeine and alcohol. Like the prohibition of alcohol in the United States in the 1920s, their prohibition skews the allocation of law enforcement resources, artificially raises prices to extremely high levels, encourages crime by addicts, and prevents the emergence of private institutions and products to deal with the very real social problems posed by addiction.

Conservative MP Inky Mark - Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette

Tories bust legal pot
April 4, 2006 - The Brandon Sun

One Westman Tory MP even thinks Harper and Justice Minister Vic Toews should mellow out.

Instead of decriminalizing weed as the Liberals proposed, Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette MP Inky Mark said his government should take things and step further and legalize pot.

“It’s either you take a hard position and penalize the people who are in the business or else you regulate it and tax it to death,” Mark said.

“Personally, I would legalize it like ... alcohol and tobacco. Then you actually would control it. I know that’s not the party’s position, but that’s my preference."

“It’s a waste of resources” to get the police to prosecute pot smokers, Mark added. “You’re not getting ahead.”
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Michael Walker

Michael Walker - Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute and President of the Free Market Research Foundation

The war on drugs is lost and prohibition has been a complete failure. These are the conclusions of Sensible Solutions to the Urban Drug Problem a series of policy papers published August 22, 2001 by The Fraser Institute.

Patrick Basham

Patrick Basham - teaches in the Government Department at the Johns Hopkins University. He is Founding Director of the Democracy Institute, a research organization based in Washington, DC.

Fraser Institute: Research Studies
Sensible Solutions to the Urban Drug Problem
by Patrick Basham

In my view, drug prohibition has all the characteristics of numerous other well-intentioned, yet expensive, counterproductive, Big-Government programs that have outlived any usefulness. The reasons are myriad and include the following: drug prohibition reflects our failure to learn from history; drug prohibition causes crime; drug prohibition corrupts police officers; drug prohibi- tion violates civil liberties and individual rights; drug prohibition throws good money after bad; and drug prohibition weakens—at times, even destroys—families, neighbour- hoods, and communities.

Conservative Voters Support Cannabis Law Reform

SES National Poll, Feb. 2005: "Perception of Canadians on Marijuana Decriminalization and Possession"
View or download the complete poll (PDF)

SES National Poll, Feb. 2005: "Perception of Canadians on Marijuana Decriminalization and Possession"

U.S. Conservatives for Marijuana Legalization

Conservative Case for Drug Legalization: Marijuana
Europe: Contender for British Tory Leadership Says Legalize Drugs
A Businessperson's Guide to the Drug Problem - by Eric E. Sterling (PDF file, 160k)

Politicians who support prohibition are supporting organized crime

Cannabis prohibition is expensive, ineffective, and causing significant harms to Canadian society.
For the good of ALL Canadians, it's time to end cannabis prohibition.

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