Stephen Harper – Prime Minister, Conservative Party
The father of a three-year-old girl and five-year-old boy said he doesn’t buy arguments that alcohol is more harmful than smoking marijuana. “As a parent, I would be more concerned about pot use than alcohol use by my children, even in moderation,” said Harper, an asthmatic who has never smoked.
Excerpts from the Senate Report on Cannabis…
“Scientific evidence overwhelmingly indicates that cannabis is substantially less harmful than alcohol and should be treated not as a criminal issue but as a social and public health issue.”
— Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chair of the Special Committee. News Release (September 4, 2002)
Thirty years after the Le Dain Commission report, we are able to categorically state that, used in moderation, cannabis in itself poses very little danger to users and to society as a whole, but specific types of use represent risks for users.
— Page 614 Vol 3. Conclusions & Recommendations: A Public Health Policy
We would add that, even if cannabis were to have serious harmful effects, one would have to question the relevance of using the criminal law to limit these effects. We have demonstrated that criminal law is not an appropriate governance tool for matters relating to personal choice and that prohibition is known to result in harm which often outweighs the desired positive effects.
— Page 615 Vol 3. Conclusions & Recommendations: A Public Health Policy