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Resolving Marijuana Prohibition

Resolving Marijuana Prohibition Canada 2009

Students, faculty, media, politicians, activists and interested public across Canada are joining Marc-Boris St-Maurice, Executive Director of NORML Canada as he embarks on a national fact-finding tour to introduce “The National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana”, and establish a “National Marijuana Advisory Council”.

Come to an event in a city near you for rare behind-the-scenes footage of cannabis dispensaries and see detailed footage and commentary by experts of each stage of cultivation.

Join Marc-Boris on his Resolution Forum Tour and discuss the four pillars of the “National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana”:

Marijuana Prohibition: “National resolution consultation tour” kicks off in Ottawa with Marc-Boris St-Maurice

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Press Release
Canada News Wire

OTTAWA – Marc-Boris St-Maurice, national executive director of NORML Canada (National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws), embarks on a cross Canada fact finding mission entitled “Resolving Marijuana Prohibition”.

To announce the tour dates, and locations of the events, a press conference is being held this Thursday jan 22nd at 11am at the Ottawa public library’s auditorium, 120 Metcalfe street.

The tour “Resolving Prohibition” will include participation from academic and political activists, as well as the public, in order to elaborate a national resolution on marijuana that will be distributed this summer for everyone to sign on to, thereby voicing their support for resolution of the marijuana issue.

These events have so far attracted the input and participation of several notable opinion leaders such as Alan young, Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, John Conroy, Eugene Oscapella, Line Beauchesnes, as well as Canadian students for sensible drug policy and many other individuals and organizations.

Marc-Boris St-Maurice, originally a musician turned politial activist, founded the BlocPot and the Marijuana Party of Canada, currently runs the Montreal and Quebec city compassion centers, (medical marijuana dispensaries) and now holds a membership in the liberal party of Canada. He is also executive director of NORML Canada, the non-partisan “National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws”. He will be available for questions and comments after the press conference.

For more information please visit http://www.norml.ca

For further information: Marc-Boris St-Maurice, (514) 808-8682; Thomas Lefebvre (media relations), (514) 582-2390

newswire.ca

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From http://www.norml.ca/

Resolution Tour Events Calendar

National Press Conference: Resolution Tour Launch
Ottawa
Thursday January 22, 2009
11am – 12pm
Ottawa Public Library Auditorium (Main Branch)
120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Info Call: 514-808-5682

Ottawa
Monday, January 26, 2009
6 – 9pm
Ottawa Public Library Auditorium (Main Branch)
120 Metcalfe Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Info Call: 613-263-1335

Guelph
Thursday, February 5, 2009
7 – 9pm
University of Guelph, UC Room 103
50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario
Info Call: 519-341-0700

Hamilton
Saturday, February 7, 2009
2 – 4pm
The Freeway Coffee House
333 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario
Info Call: 519-341-0700

Join Marc-Boris on his Resolution Forum Tour and discuss the four pillars of the “National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana”:

*Economic Development

*Health and Medicine

*Social Justice

*Policy Implementation

1) Economic Development

The economy is our most unifying principle. Simply put, we can no longer afford cannabis prohibition and that cold, hard fact significantly impacts all of these pillars. The federal government currently spends close to 500 million dollars annually enforcing cannabis prohibition when estimates indicate lost tax opportunities on revenue in the tens of billions annually. This does not take into account other costs on municipal and provincial judicial systems, court time, legal fees in addition to lost revenues in the form of tax potential from the billions generated annually by Canada’s cannabis industry.

The Resolution Forum will draw heavily on the participation of faculty from various universities to garner as much input as possible in laying the groundwork for this resolution and, while gathering evidence, recruiting support and advisory expertise for a “National Marijuana Advisory Council” designed to inventory historical data and bridge the perceived divides between players that represent historical positions under each of the four pillars of economic development, health, social justice and policy.

2) Health and Medicine

A shortage of trained professionals, overcrowded hospitals and long waiting lists are just part of the sad litany that has become Canada’s health-care system. Thousands of Canadians are turning to alternative medicines for symptomatic relief, and yet, despite scientific evidence, numerous court rulings and decades of empty promises, legitimate access to medical marijuana remains difficult at best. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians could benefit from this, one of humankind’s oldest medicines, but only a few thousand have been granted Health Canada licenses for medical marijuana. industry.

3) Social Justice

Prohibition creates criminals. Our cannabis laws are based, not on science or social need, but on arbitrary moral judgement, including racism and class issues. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been branded with criminal records for a practice so widespread, that over 50% of our adult population admit having used it. Educations have been interrupted, futures have been lost, lives have been ruined and credibility of our judicial system has been undermined for yet another generation. To just say “no” is not enough when 1.5 million Canadians have criminal records for simple possession.

4) Policy Implementation

Our cannabis laws must change. Then what? The mechanics of enacting such a policy change will task the intellect and resources of all levels of government. It is therefore incumbent on those of us who are the strongest advocates of cannabis reform to advise and help provide governments with the necessary tools. Drawing on the previous works of both the LeDain Commission and the later Canadian Senate Commission chaired by Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, we seek reasonable, reliable input on the ways and means of implementing the restoration of legitimacy to cannabis in Canada.

 

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