How can we get past endless, polarized arguments about drugs which are often based on faulty reasoning and begin working towards creating policies which foster healthy communities?
To assign to one group of drug users our moral condemnation and stigma while remaining largely silent about the majority who abuse more harmful but legal drugs is an exercise in cognitive dissonance.
The responsibility for these 35 fentanyl deaths lies with our draconian prohibition laws.
The positive health outcomes with respect to tobacco control might be applied to a regulated cannabis market.
In my last post, I suggested that there are features shared by the RCMP and the Hells Angels. Both are identifiable organizations or "gangs" which attract young people by offering excitement, camaraderie and the prospect of status and material rewards. Canada can fund its own gang several times larger than our national police force through "incentivized" … Continue reading Solutions to Crime, Part 1: Peacekeeping Canada
The police should now admit that it is immoral for them to enforce the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) as it pertains to marijuana. Laws must be justified on some moral basis in order for them to be supported by the public. Without support, our police lose the moral authority to enforce cannabis laws. Over … Continue reading The Immorality of Enforcing Marijuana Laws
The Senate has recently passed a bill to provide mandatory minimum sentences (MMS) for anyone growing more than 5 marijuana plants “with the intent to sell”. Growers with 200 or more plants face a maximum of 14 years in jail. According to the Department of Justice, the proposed law “would help disrupt criminal enterprises by … Continue reading Forecast: Increased Crime