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October 2014

NDP, Liberals say health committee

By | Drug Policy, News Media

By Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau October 21, 2014 OTTAWA — The NDP and Liberals say the Conservative-dominated health committee’s report on marijuana is biased, inherently flawed, and omits evidence that contradicts Conservative ideology. The report, called Health Risks and Harms of Marijuana, recommends the government try to prevent marijuana use in Canada and raise awareness about the drug’s harmful effects. “Look at the name of the study — it says it all,” committee vice-chair and NDP health critic Libby Davies said. She called the majority report “biased” and “disturbing.” http://www.torontosun.com/2014/10/21/ndp-liberals-say-health-committee-report-on-pot-flawed-and-biased


Marijuana’s Health Risks and Harms

Report of the Standing Committee on HealthBen Lobb Chair

OCTOBER 2014 41 st PARLIAMENT, SECOND SESSION

Pursuant to its mandate under Standing Order 108(2), the Committee has studied marijuana’s health risks and harms and has agreed to report the following:

The HTML version of this report will be available soon. In the meantime, the Committee is pleased to make available the report entitled Marijuana’s Health Risks and Harms (.PDF, 745 KB) in printable format

Legalize Cannabis – Centre for addiction and mental health study concludes!

By | Drug Policy

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

Shaffer Commission report March 1970

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

The La Guardia Committee Report – 1944

 

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
The Inside Agenda Blog
CAMH Backs Legalized Marijuana
Sandra Gionas, October 9, 2014