About the Campaign

Committee Chair Senator Pierre Claude NolinSeptember 4th, 2013 marks the 11 year anniversary of the report by the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs, “Cannabis: Our Position for a Canadian Public Policy,” and the second year of NORML Canada’s Senate Report on Cannabis awareness campaign

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.

Canadian society is entitled to a public debate that is carried out with all the necessary rigour.
— Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs

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

NORML Canada 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 help us spread the word.

We firmly believe the time has come for an honest and informed national conversation about cannabis policy and there is no document better able to document to inform Canadians with than the Senate Report on Cannabis.

“It’s probably the best, most comprehensive, most evidence-based report on drug policy produced by any government in the past 30 years. And its recommendations are all about dealing with drugs as if politics were an afterthought, and all that mattered were reducing the harms associated with both drug use and failed drug policies. Imagine that.”
Ethan Nadelmann— Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the U.S. organization, Drug Policy Alliance.

NORML Canada thanks the Committee, their staff members, the 234 witnesses who appeared before the committee, and the numerous Canadian citizens who participated in public hearings. The Committee’s adherence to their guiding principles of rigor and openness has resulted in the most comprehensive and authoritative document on cannabis and cannabis policy in Canada.

Our current ineffective and expensive policies will continue to damage communities by funding criminal organizations until we change them. For Canada’s sake, we urge all Canadians to join us in this effort and to further public discussion about cannabis legalization.

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

 

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