Cathy McLeod – Conservative Party – Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap, BC
“Marijuana, whether you’re talking about the effects, the toxicity in terms of the human body are incredible. To legalize a substance that is incredibly toxic and is going to create a huge impact on our health-care system cost doesn’t really make sense.”
Source: Kamloops This Week – October 04, 2008 (article no longer available)
“We’re trying to cut off the lifeline of organized crime and our party has no intention of legalizing marijuana,” McLeod said.
Source: Kamloops Daily News – June 15, 2010
“I think there’s a lot of unknowns and, really to legalize a substance that has significant potential for harm isn’t where we’re planning to go right now.”
Source: Kamloops This Week – January 02, 2013 (article no longer available)
Excerpts from the Senate Report on Cannabis:
Characteristic of a substance which induces intoxication, i.e., “poisoning”. Many substances, including some common foods, have some level of toxicity. Cannabis presents almost no toxicity and cannot lead to an overdose.
Page xi Vol 1 Part 1 – Glossary of key terms
The Committee concludes that the state of knowledge supports the belief that, for the vast majority of recreational users, cannabis use presents no harmful consequences for physical, psychological or social well-being in either the short or the long term.
Page 165 Vol 1 Part 2 Ch 7 – Cannabis: Effects and Consequences – Conclusions