Elizabeth May – Green Party Leader
“In 2005 according to the Treasury Board, Canada spent $368 million targeting elicit drugs, with 73% of that money going to law enforcement. Most of that was for the “war” against cannabis.
Marijuana prohibition is also prohibitively costly in other ways including criminalizing youth and fostering organized crime.
Prohibition, which has gone on for decades, has utterly failed and has not led to reduced drug use in Canada.
The Green Party of Canada has come to the conclusion that it is time to legalize the adult use of marijuana.
Furthermore, the Green Party believes that drug addictions should be treated more as a health problem than a criminal offence.
The Green Party will:
Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule.
Create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small independent growers.
Develop a taxation rate for marijuana similar to that of tobacco.
Educate the public about the health threats of marijuana and tobacco use.
Launch a public consultation on the decriminalization of illicit drugs, considering the high costs currently used on the law enforcement effort, as well as treatment facilities, rehabilitation of addicts, and consider shifting to prevention through educational programs instead.
Source: Digital Journal – Apr 27, 2011