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Letter from Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy to all
Liberal MPs, June 9, 1995|
We understand that Bill C-7, the Controlled Drugs and Substances
Act, will be
returning to the Health subcommittee for in camera hearings next
This Foundation has stated its strong opposition to Bill C-7, at
least in the form in
which it was introduced on February 2, 1994. Although we
understand that several
changes have been made to the Bill since then, we also understand
that the Bill
remains strongly rooted in the application of the criminal law.
We remain deeply
concerned that the Bill, if it applies this prohibitionist
philosophy, will further the harms
associated with drugs in Canada.
The continued application of the criminal law to drugs ignores
effective and humane
alternatives being applied in other democratic countries. We
urge Parliamentarians to
be open to other means of reducing the harms associated with
drugs, both for the
individual user and for society as a whole. A continuing
reliance on the criminal
law, in face of clear evidence of the damage caused by
prohibition, is tragically misguided.
We urge the Members of Parliament who will be voting on this Bill
to consider the
harms that they will inflict -- unless the Bill has been
substantially modified to move
away from prohibition -- by enacting this legislation.
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