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The Fraser Institute - Conservative Think Tank

June 9, 2004 - The Fraser Institute
Report: "Marijuana Growth in British Columbia"
Author: Stephen Easton

'The policies that we have in place just aren't effective in suppressing the activity,' says SFU economist Stephen Easton. 'It seems to me one reasonable alternative is that of legalization -- treat any social problems directly and openly, and then benefit from the revenue... generated by the marijuana industry.'
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The John Howard Society of Canada

The John Howard Society of Canada
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Excerpt from "Senate Cannabis Discussion Paper Reaction":

"Canada has followed the strict prohibitionist approach to illicit drugs for nearly 100 years and we agree with most non-enforcement experts on drug policy that the harms derived from drug prohibition probably now outweigh those associated with drug use in Canada."

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Moratorium Needed on Punishment Legislation
More crowded and costly prisons wrong way to deter crime
by Justin Piché (September 2010)

Tracking the Politics of 'Crime' and Punishment in Canada

The Harper Record
CCPA publication, 2008
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Harper and Crime: The great distraction (PDF)
by Dawn Moore and Erin Donohue

Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis

Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis is a member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. LEAP website

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Program: Century of Lies
Date: 12/04/07
Guest: Jerry Paradis

Jerry Paradis - Retired B..C judge and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition

Prohibition establishes a black market, he said, and “keeps prices artificially high ... attracting organized crime.”

Paradis argued prohibition betrays the role government seeks to play – the protector of public health – by driving drug use and abuse underground, contributing to death, illness and the spread of disease.

“It is also a serious and unnecessary drain on the resources of police, prosecutors, courts and corrections,” said Paradis.

“Ending prohibition is not giving up. It is nothing to do with admitting defeat. It is nothing more than recognition that a policy adopted almost a century ago for all the wrong reasons does not only fail to yield any results, it has created unintended consequences. It endangers our children far more than the drugs do.”

- Retired BC Judge Jerry Paradis

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Eugene Oscapella

Eugene Oscapella is a lawyer and criminology professor at the University of Ottawa.

Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy

Eugene Oscapella - Ottawa lawyer, founding member of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, and former chair and member of the policy committee of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association

Pot policy creating too many criminals?
July 8, 2007 - Canadian Press

“Going into the 21st century we should know better than to bludgeon the use of this drug with criminal law,” he said.

It doesn't work, hasn't worked, never has worked, there's no prospect that it ever will work. Yet we continue to do it.”

Prohibition has been an utter and total failure,” he said.

Not only has it failed to do anything, it has actually made the problem worse. It's not like some government programs that fail to do anything at all — this one does actual harm.

“Instead of just keeping us static and wasting money, it actually moves us backwards. And wastes money. And destroys lives. And finances terrorism, and insurgent groups around the world.”


Dr. David Bowering is a member of the Health Officers Council of British Columbia (HOC)

Dr. David Bowering - Member of the Health Officers Council of British Columbia

Bowering in Favour of Legalizing Pot
August 29, 2007 - Smithers Interior News (B.C.)

“The federal government needs to take a leadership role at the national and international levels in actively initiating reform of current psychoactive drug laws, including a review and revision of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, to create regulatory frameworks for drugs that will allow governments at all levels to better address the harms associated with the production, trade, distribution, and use of these substances,” the [H.O.C.] report states.

Related: A Public Health Approach To Drug Control in Canada
(HOC Discussion Paper, 2005) PDF

  The Health Officers' Council of B.C. issued a discussion paper in fall of 2005 titled:

"A Public Health Approach to Drug Control in Canada"
Related news article: "The pharmacist has your ecstasy ready" - April 16, 2006 - Toronto Star
The document, titled A Public Health Approach to Drug Control in Canada, contends that removing criminal penalties for personal drug possession and placing currently illegal substances under tight controls could not only help to start and maintain rehabilitation programs for addicts, but could also "reduce secondary unintended drug-related harms to society that spring from a failed criminal-prohibition approach."

The paper adds: "This would move individual harmful illegal drug use from being primarily a criminal issue to being primarily a health issue."

The arguments are persuasive: Legalizing illicit drugs would substantially reduce the crime rate, largely by driving the black market out of business and rendering it unnecessary for addicts to commit petty theft.

Charles Adler

Charles Adler hosts Adler On Line weekday afternoons between 2:00pm and 6:00pm EST on the Corus Radio Network.

Charles Adler
Editorial: "It's time to dispense with antiquated pot laws"
July 9, 2007 - National Post

In the dog days of summer, the legalization of marijuana discussion will once again fill the vacuum left by much of the political news that takes a vacation in July and August.

The story is out now that marijuana busts in Canada for simple use, are up by 30%. What does it mean? Not very much in the way of cutting demand for dope. Not very much in the way of cutting demand for harder drugs. Not very much in the way of helping society to deal with other forms of crime.

You don't have to be a cynic to conclude that our cops are being told to go out there and pick the low hanging fruit. Might we all be be better off if they put the boots to more serious crime? Cops will say if they are given the benefit of annonymity that busting users for simple posession is a huge waste of resources for busy police and clogged courts.

Kathleen Parker is a frequent guest on Adler on Line, had one of her most recent columns published in the National Post. Her politics are usually on the right. But her War on Marijuana politics are not. Her recent headline reads, "Bogarting Sanity." You have to wonder how much longer the U.S. and Canada will be Bogarting Common Sense.

The fastest path to a 21st century society that makes sense is smoking out 19th century laws that don't.


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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