2002 Senate Report on Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy

Senate Report on Cannabis (2002)September 4, 2014 marks the 12-year anniversary of the report by the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs: “Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy.”

Read the Committee’s 2002 News Release.
Senate Report on Cannabis on the senate website.

The Senate Committee concluded that leaving the supply of cannabis to the black market is resulting in much more harm to society than good.

“The continued prohibition of cannabis jeopardizes the health and well-being of Canadians much more than does the substance itself.”
– Report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs

NORML Canada commemorates this landmark report each September with a campaign to raise awareness among Canadians and our politicians about the serious consequences for Canadian society if we ignore the important findings and recommendations within the Senate Committee’s comprehensive report. This year the campaign is especially timely and relevant given the current discussion of cannabis legalization among Canadian politicians.

It’s vitally important for all Canadians to understand that the real threat to our country is not from cannabis, but from the harms resulting from a failed, counter-productive cannabis policy.

With cannabis prohibition causing considerable damage to Canadian society it is unconscionable for our political representatives to ignore the findings in the Committee’s authoritative report.

“It is time to recognize what is patently obvious: our policies have been ineffective, because they are poor policies.”
– the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs.

Too few Canadians are aware of the significant harms that are caused by our current cannabis policies. To elucidate the harms caused by prohibitive cannabis policies, there is no better document to reference than the Senate Report on Cannabis. This report should be consulted by anyone, especially politicians, wishing to have an informed opinion on cannabis policy

The Findings of the 2002 Senate Committee on Cannabis The Recommendations of the 2002 Senate Committee on Cannabis

We at NORML Canada feel a duty to our fellow Canadians, and to future generations, to do what we can to generate informed discussion about our harmful and expensive cannabis policies because we know that rational, effective policy will only come from informed national debate.

“We are convinced that Canadian society has the maturity and openness to welcome an informed debate.”
— the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs

For Canada’s sake, we urge all concerned Canadians to join us in this effort to further an informed, national conversation about cannabis policy. You don’t have to be a cannabis consumer to see the necessity of ending cannabis prohibition.

We will be sending out one Senate Report on Cannabis quote each day throughout the month of September on social media, so “Like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter to follow the campaign.

Keep the conversation going!

Thank you,
— NORML Canada