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We enforced Ottawa’s pot laws. They don’t work [17.01.2013] It is time to put ideology and politics aside in favour of a level-headed, evidence-based discussion about the failure of marijuana prohibition and t ...
Insite - Not Just Injecting, But Connecting [16.01.2013] Last year the HCLU’s video advocacy group travelled to Vancouver, to make a film about Insite, the only legally-operating injecting facility in North ...
Bolivia wins a rightful victory on the coca leaf [11.01.2013] Today the Plurinational State of Bolivia can celebrate a rightful victory, as the country can become formally a party again to the 1961 Single Conven ...
‘It opens your heart’ [27.12.2012] Exactly a century after ecstasy was first patented, Health Canada has approved the drug’s import for the first Canadian study using the illegal subst ...
Canada could learn from Colorado and Washington on pot [25.12.2012] The decision by voters in Colorado and Washington to legalize marijuana represents a seismic shift in public attitudes. This historic reform will onl ...
Study: marijuana a susbstitute for prescription drugs and alcohol [10.12.2012] Research being conducted by a former Victoria city councillor is poking holes in marijuana’s reputation as a gateway drug. According to an academic p ...
Pot is now legal in Washington state. Should we do the same? [05.12.2012] Although Canada has long toyed with decriminalizing marijuana, that idea was shelved when Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper took office. Ear ...
Study shows legalizing pot could earn billions for B.C. [20.11.2012] Legalizing marijuana in B.C. could generate $2.5 billion in government tax and licensing revenues over the next five years, according to a study publ ...
U.S. marijuana vote threatens to nip B.C. market in the bud [07.11.2012] British Columbia’s multibillion-dollar marijuana industry could take a “significant” blow now that two U.S. states – including its closest neighbour ...
B.C. pot activists push for legalization after Wash. vote [07.11.2012] Pot advocates in British Columbia (Canada) say now that voters in Washington have passed a law to legalize possession of marijuana, it is time for a ...
Op-ed: Approve I-502, legalize marijuana and cripple organized crime in B.C. [29.10.2012] Passing Initiative 502 is one of the best ways to reduce international gang violence? Like the violent cartels gripping Mexico, British Columbia is a ...
B.C. favours sensible marijuana policy [05.10.2012] Last week, delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention voted in support of the decriminalization and taxation of marijuana. This vote wa ...
B.C. municipal leaders vote to work toward decriminalizing marijuana [26.09.2012] British Columbia’s municipal politicians, sensing shifting emotional attitudes towards marijuana and a possible major new revenue source, voted to lo ...
Pot decriminalization debated by B.C.'s municipal leaders [23.09.2012] Former B.C. attorney general Geoff Plant said the debate comes as Washington looks at a tax and regulation plan, and this is an opportunity for a coo ...
Fix to B.C.’s ‘drug problem’ is easy: legalize marijuana [20.09.2012] With three western American states mulling legalized marijuana and the Union of B.C. Municipalities set to debate it, a new group wants the province ...
Hard drugs just minutes away for Vancouver users, study finds [14.08.2012] Illicit drugs are easily and quickly accessible to users in Vancouver despite decades of aggressive drug law enforcement efforts aimed at suppressing ...
Medical marijuana growers uninspected by Health Canada [03.07.2012] More than 15,000 people are licensed to grow medical marijuana in Canada, but Health Canada has no record of staff ever inspecting any of the growers ...
Most Canadians firmly in favour of decriminalizing marijuana: poll [02.07.2012] Two-thirds of Canadians think the law should be changed so that people caught with small amounts of marijuana no longer face criminal penalties or fi ...
Feds hike danger rating on ecstasy while health officers urge drug policy reform [23.06.2012] Several top public health officials are proposing a rethinking of current illegal-drug policies they assert spurs on a global problem involving ecsta ...
Pure ecstasy can be 'safe' if consumed responsibly: B.C. health officer [13.06.2012] B.C.'s top health official says taking pure ecstasy can be "safe" when consumed responsibly by adults, despite warnings by police in Alberta and Brit ...
Ottawa drags out medical pot reform [11.06.2012] The federal government's plan to revamp Canada's medical marijuana program and address court-raised constitutional concerns seems half-baked. The pro ...
Former Supreme Court justice blasts minimum sentences for marijuana offenders [15.05.2012] Canada’s new mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders are based on “very bad criminal law policy” and constitute a threat to public health as w ...
What comes after the war on drugs [19.04.2012] At the Summit of the Americas, Prime Minister Stephen Harper expressed doubt about the war on drugs. “I think what everybody believes and agrees with ...
Improving community health and safety in Canada through evidence-based policies on illegal drugs [28.03.2012] The use of illegal drugs remains a serious threat to community health. However, despite the substantial social costs attributable to illegal drugs, a ...
Ottawa's ideology-based drug policies under fire [28.03.2012] A number of leading figures in Canadian public health are criticizing the federal government's approach to drug policy, suggesting political ideology ...
Whither a Progressive Pot Policy? [01.03.2012] Cannabis has been taking centre stage in recent weeks. Former attorneys-general and Vancouver mayors in British Columbia have called for regulation a ...
Stephen Harper repeating same old mistakes with tougher pot laws, global group says [01.03.2012] The Global Commission on Drug Policy says it’s “very weird” that Canada is taking a tougher line on marijuana when governments across the globe are r ...
The OxyContin disaster [24.02.2012] Who is going to clean up the mess OxyContin has left behind in Ontario? Health Minister Deb Matthews' move to delist the addictive prescription paink ...
U.S. officials tell Tories war on drugs has failed [22.02.2012] A high-profile group of current and former U.S. law enforcement officials has written to the Conservative government with a surprising message: Take ...
Why a former B.C. attorney-general is supporting the pro-pot movement [19.02.2012] Geoff Plant has felt for years that the prohibition of marijuana is wrong. Now that the former B.C. attorney-general is out of government, he has dec ...
Legalize weed, yes, but the demon's in the details [16.02.2012] Marijuana will be legal in Canada one day. It may not be for eons – or at least until the federal Liberals or New Democrats gain power, which could b ...
Former B.C. attorneys-general call for legalization of marijuana [14.02.2012] Spurred in part by the point-blank shooting of a known gangster in an upscale Vancouver hotel, four former attorneys-general of British Columbia have ...
Policy pitfalls could quickly kill buzz around Liberal pot proposal [19.01.2012] If Liberals are serious about presenting voters with a credible plan to legalize and regulate cannabis in the next federal election, they have a lot ...
Canadians in favour of relaxing pot laws: poll [17.01.2012] The results come as the Liberal party voted overwhelmingly to support legalization of the drug at its biennial policy convention on the weekend, seem ...
Increased enforcement not curtailing marijuana use, report finds [22.12.2011] Increased funding for anti-cannabis law enforcement does not meaningfully reduce the drug’s potency, price or availability and creates a lucrative op ...
B.C. medical group recommends pot legalization [22.12.2011] Some B.C. medical health officials are now advocating for marijuana to be legalized, arguing that the government's costly enforcement activities are ...
Conservative senator opposes omnibus crime bill [16.12.2011] Conservative Senator Pierre Claude Nolin says he can't support the massive Bill C-10 mainly because of a section that deals with growing marijuana pl ...
Ten Years of Medical Marijuana in Canada [12.12.2011] In Canada, possession of medical marijuana is controlled under the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations, which came into effect in the summer of 2001 ...
Medical marijuana debate rages among researchers, doctors [11.12.2011] Research into medicinal marijuana is undergoing a surge of interest, with more evidence emerging not only of its ability to ease human suffering, but ...
Equal access to medical marijuana eludes Canadians [09.12.2011] Data obtained by the Ottawa Citizen through the Access to Information Act put a face to the typical medical marijuana patient for the first time, 10 ...
Legal changes cause questions for medical marijuana users [09.12.2011] The Tories omnibus crime legislation casts a shadow on the future of the medical marijuana program. The toughening of drug trafficking laws means tha ...
It's time to end the phoney war on drugs [29.11.2011] We are supposedly engaged in a "war on drugs." What war on drugs? A phoney war, because it provokes that which it proclaims to repress. Take three co ...
Dr. Evan Wood: There is nothing conservative about supporting marijuana prohibition [28.11.2011] Imagine an extremely expensive government policy proven to be completely ineffective at achieving its stated objectives. Consider also that whenever ...
Four former Vancouver mayors back call for an end to pot prohibition [23.11.2011] Four former Vancouver mayors have endorsed a coalition calling for an end to pot prohibition in Canada that they blame for rampant gang violence. Lar ...
Doctors refuse to OK marijuana use [01.11.2011] A decade after Canada legalized the medical use of marijuana, most doctors are still refusing to sign the declarations patients need to get legal acc ...
Legalizing pot would cut gang violence: experts [28.10.2011] A new coalition of high-profile health, academic and justice experts is mounting a campaign to legalize and regulate marijuana in British Columbia, a ...
Budding research may remove stigma around cannabis cultivation [20.10.2011] Two Canadian researchers hope their work — mapping the cannabis sativa genome — will get rid of the stigma which they say surrounds the cultivation o ...
Breaking the Silence [01.10.2011] This brief report outlines the links between cannabis prohibition in British Columbia (Canada) and the growth of organized crime and related violence ...
U.S. wanted Vancouver's supervised injection site closed [30.09.2011] A diplomatic cable shows U.S. officials opposed the Insite supervised injection site in Vancouver and wanted the federal and municipal governments to ...
B.C. drug injection clinic can stay open, Supreme Court rules [30.09.2011] The Supreme Court of Canada has opened the door to supervised drug injection clinics across the country in a landmark decision that ordered the feder ...

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