NORML Canada: November 2012 Newsletter
Greetings cannabis community,
This month’s NORML Canada newsletter begins with a warning: On November 6, 2012, the mandatory minimum sentences for cannabis and other “serious drug offences”, enacted last year, pursuant to Bill C-10 (the Safe Streets and Communities Act), came into effect. Furthermore, on November 20, 2012, conditional
It seems we are in the midst of a global shift towards recognizing the harms of prohibition. Internationally, many countries are stepping away from cannabis prohibition. Furthermore, individuals from across the political spectrum are speaking out against cannabis prohibition. Sadly, while this has been occurring, Canada is moving in the opposite direction by increasing penalties for cannabis offences.
NORML Canada firmly opposes the misguided decision to increase penalties for cannabis offences. We call on you to contact your Member of Parliament and let them know you have had enough! Encourage your M.P. to support a more progressive stance on cannabis by recognizing the growing evidence demonstrating the harms of prohibition vastly outweigh the harms of cannabis itself.
Additionally, please take part
Published in 2002, “Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy” is a detailed report into the legal treatment of cannabis in Canada. The report found cannabis to be less harmful than tobacco, rejected the gateway and stepping stone theories, and concluded prohibition to be an ineffective
Unfortunately, a decade after the report’s publication, we are still suffering under the harms it identified. Furthermore, rather than implementing the recommendations contained in the report, our government is doing the opposite by making penalties for cannabis offences more severe. We encourage you to take part in our campaign by contacting your Member of Parliament and ask them their position on the Senate Report and if they have done anything to implement the Report’s findings. Particularly, ask them to justify why they support the continued prohibition of cannabis in light of clear evidence from the Canadian Senate such policies do more harm than good. If you would like to become more involved with this campaign, please visit our campaign headquarters or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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