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Legalizing Marijuana Remains A Touchy Subject

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lmrA conservative think-tank argued against continuing the war on drugs on the grounds it destroys neighbourhoods, enriches organized crime, corrupts law-enforcement officials and wastes at least $2 billion a year in police and prosecution costs. Instead of an aggressive law-enforcement approach, “Sensible Solutions to the Urban Drug Problem” offers other possibilities, such as more drug treatment centres, increased education, harm-reduction strategies and even outright legalization.

Canadian liberals have long supported some measure of decriminalization, but the right is split along libertarian/social conservative lines. Vic Toews, the Canadian Alliance’s justice critic, thinks the war on drugs has never captured the imagination of most Canadian conservatives because Canadians “have had the luxury of sitting back and looking at the failure of that war” in the U.S. On that point, Fred McMahon, …

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September 8th, 2015 at 8:18 am

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