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This is presentation 6 of 10 showing the Cannabis policy stance of the Canadian Members of Parliament ...

This is presentation 6 of 10 showing the Cannabis policy stance of the Canadian Members of Parliament

You can see the source Google spreadsheet
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fgbSXsZ2go40vvquilujNMuW9caLp7DKJ3F5Yx39hsI/edit?usp=sharing

On Facebook is an Open Letter to the remaining MPs who have not make a public statement
https://www.facebook.com/notes/sam-vekemans/an-open-letter-to-the-41st-parliament-of-canada-regarding-cannabis-policy/10152250825389929

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Exposing the Reefer Madness of the Parliament of Canada 6 of 10 kerr to may, elizabeth Exposing the Reefer Madness of the Parliament of Canada 6 of 10 kerr to may, elizabeth Presentation Transcript

  • Document 6 of 10 Exposing the ‘Reefer Madness’ of the Parliament of Canada Asking all Members of Parliament if they support ending Cannabis Prohibition (by removing it from the Drug Schedule) and publishing the answers. Copyright CC-0 - All information was found on the web or asked, and it’s properly sourced, please check the source link to confirm and feel free to use these slides anyway you like. Created by Sam Vekemans, Victoria, BC
  • Official Party Stance Conservative: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense http://www.cbc.ca/news2/background/marijuana/marijuana_legalize.html Liberal: Marijuana should be legalized and regulated http://petition.liberal.ca/end-prohibition/ Liberals understand the need to consider ending the prohibition of marijuana and addressing the root causes of crime to see real results. http://www.liberal.ca/getting-smart-on-crime-and-cannabis/ NDP: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. http://www.cbc.ca/news2/background/marijuana/marijuana_legalize.html 3.1h Adopting a harm reduction approach to substance abuse and permitting the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. 3.9i Decriminalizing marijuana possession with the goal of removing it’s production and distribution from the control of organized crime. http://xfer.ndp.ca/2012/2012-12-17-Email-Convention/Mtl2013_PolicyBook_E.pdf ‘Montreal 2013 NDP Policy’ Green: 4.8 Ending the war on drugs: Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule. http://www.greenparty.ca/vision-green/p4.8 Bloc: Supports decriminalization http://www.cbc.ca/news2/background/marijuana/marijuana_legalize.html
  • "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca Greg Kerr, MP http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/greg-kerr-mp.html Conservative Party of Canada (902) 825-2320 KerrG1a@parl.gc.ca gregkerrmp.ca WILL NOT BE twitter.com/MPGregKerr SEEKING RE-ELECTION facebook.com/MPGregKerr West Nova (Nova Scotia)
  • Souris—Moose Mountain (Saskatchewan) "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/ed-komarnicki-mp.html Ed Komarnicki, MP Conservative Party of Canada (306) 634-3000 komare1@parl.gc.ca edkom.ca twitter.com/EdKomarnicki WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION
  • “I believe these new measures which include information on dosage guidelines, educational material and increased oversight, will help decrease the potential for over prescribing and negative health impacts.” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. Marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada and has not gone through the necessary rigorous scientific trials for efficacy or safety. Health Canada does not endorse the use of marijuana, but the courts have required reasonable access to a legal source of marijuana for medical purposes. As a result, the Government of Canada believes that this must be done in a controlled fashion to protect public health and safety. Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Daryl Kramp, MP - Prince Edward— Hastings Ontario (Conservative) March 31, 2014 “KRAMP SUPPORTS NEW STEPS TO HELP THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY WITH MARIJUANA FOR MEDICAL PURPOSES“ DarylKramp.ca http://dev.darylkramp.ca/kramp-supports-new-steps-to-help-the-medical-community-with-marijuana-for-medical-purposes/
  • "First, I have never heard anybody explain the problem that way or express it that way, the fact that if one smokes marijuana, one automatically will become a cocaine addict. I think most reasonable people would look at it and say that once one starts with something, one is more likely to move on to something stronger down the road." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. November 14th, 2007 / 6:10 p.m. “Youth Criminal Justice Act: Private Members' Business“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2007/11/14/mike-lake-1/ Hon. Mike Lake, MP - Edmonton—Mill Woods—Beaumont Alberta (Conservative)
  • Winnipeg North (Manitoba) LIBERAL delegates overwhelmingly approved a resolution legalizing marijuana, but Winnipeg North MP Kevin Lamoureux was not among the supporters. "I would like to hear what the professionals think," Lamoureux said. "Having said that, I think it's important for politicians to listen to what party members are saying. It passed overwhelmingly." Lamoureux also wants to consult widely with his constituents. He's already drafted a questionnaire to gauge support for the idea and says his views will be guided by Winnipeg North voters. [no clear statement - 17 June 2014] Official Party stance: Marijuana should be legalized and regulated Posted: 01/16/2012 1:00 AM “City MP balks at pot legalization“ Staff - Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/city-mp-balks-at-pot-legalization-137404538.html? device=mobile#comments http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/kevin-lamoureux-mp.html Kevin Lamoureux, MP Liberal Party of Canada (204) 984-1767 mail@mpkevin.ca kevinlamoureux.liberal.ca twitter.com/kevin_lamoureux facebook.com/mpkevin.ca youtube.com/4kevinca
  • "The Conservatives even kept repeating that we sided with pedophiles when they introduced a highly controversial bill and lumped possession of a few marijuana plants together with amendments to the child pornography legislation. It was preposterous. I am a father and I was furious for three weeks." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. June 3rd, 2014 / 1:35 p.m. “Justice for Animals in Service Act (Quanto's Law): Government Orders“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2014/6/3/francois-lapointe-2/ François Lapointe, MP - Montmagny—L'Islet— Kamouraska— Rivière-du-Loup Quebec (NDP)
  • Repentigny (Quebec) "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/jean-francois-larose-mp.html Jean-François Larose, MP New Democratic Party of Canada (450) 581-3896 Jean-Francois.Larose@parl.gc.ca jeanfrancoislarose.ndp.ca twitter.com/jflarose facebook.com/larose.jean.francois.guignolee.2012
  • "Serious crimes have been mentioned a number of times. Someone who has six marijuana plants in the house will now be considered a serious criminal, but is that really true? That is a question Parliament will have to answer one day." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. October 4th, 2012 / 5:10 p.m. “Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act: Government Orders” OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2012/10/4/alexandrine-latendresse-2/ Alexandrine Latendresse, MP - Louis- Saint-Laurent Quebec (NDP)
  • "Secondly, Marijuana is illegal in Canada because of the harm it does to individuals and society as a whole. I don’t think Mr. Trudeau is taking a look at the bigger picture on this issue. According to the experts, ultimately, marijuana is a harmful substance. Even more troubling, is that according to Fraser Macrae, former Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP, “…cannabis is a currency for organized crime.” The detrimental effects organized crime can have on Canadian communities and families can be devastating. Profits used by organized crime groups selling marijuana are commonly used to traffic illicit drugs, firearms and humans. I would encourage Mr. Trudeau to take a closer look at the detrimental effects legalizing marijuana can have on Canadian communities and families. Personally, I do not believe marijuana should be legalized. As the Member of Parliament for SD&SG, I will do everything in my power to prevent the legalization of this potentially harmful drug. Unlike the Liberal Party, our Government will focus on jobs, economic growth and the safety of Canadian communities and families." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. August 9, 2013 “Justin Trudeau’s Policy Priority – Legalizing Marijuana“ GuyLauzon.ca http://www.guylauzon.ca/?p=956 Guy Lauzon, MP - Stormont—Dundas— South Glengarry Ontario (Conservative)
  • Laurier—Sainte-Marie (Quebec) "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca Hélène Laverdière, MP http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/helene-laverdiere-mp.html New Democratic Party of Canada (514) 522-1339 Helene.Laverdiere@parl.gc.ca helenelaverdiere.ndp.ca twitter.com/HLaverdiereNPD facebook.com/Helene.Laverdiere.deputee youtube.com/HeleneLaverdiere
  • « Un jeune Bleuet, sportif comme j'étais, dit-il en souriant. J'avoue avoir fumé dans ma jeunesse dans des activités au bord du Lac-Saint-Jean. Aujourd'hui, je ne me cache pas de ça. » ... « Son projet prioritaire n'est pas l'économie, pas l'emploi ni l'avenir de nos jeunes au niveau économique. C'est la légalisation de la marijuana qui prime. Justin Trudeau n'a pas le sens de la priorisation », explique le ministre. [Google Translation] "A young Cornflower, sports as I was, he said, smiling. I admit I smoked in my youth in activities on Lake St. John. Today, I'm not hiding that. " ... "His priority project is not the economy, not the job or the future of our youth economically. This is the legalization of marijuana premium. Justin Trudeau has no sense of prioritization, "said the minister. Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Hon. Denis Lebel, MP - Publié le 03 septembre 2013 “Denis Lebel avoue avoir consommé de la drogue“ Cindy Girard courrierdusaguenay.com http://www.courrierdusaguenay.com/Actualites/2013-09-03/article-3373193/Denis-Lebel-avoue-avoir-consomme-de-la-drogue/1 Roberval— Lac-Saint-Jean Quebec (Conservative)
  • "Stephen Harper and the Conservatives continue to argue for a war on drugs that has resulted in more than 475,000 Canadians being arrested on marijuana-related charges in the past seven years alone. And while gangsters and thugs get rich dealing marijuana, prohibition has cost Canadian taxpayers more than an estimated $500 million since 2006." Official Party stance: Marijuana should be legalized and regulated August 23, 2013 “Stand with open and honest leadership” Posted by Dominic Leblanc http://www.liberal.ca/newsroom/blog/stand-with-open-honest-leadership/ Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, MP - Beauséjour New Brunswick (Liberal)
  • LaSalle—Émard (Quebec) "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca Hélène LeBlanc, MP http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/helene-leblanc-mp.html New Democratic Party of Canada (514) 363-0954 Helene.Laverdiere@parl.gc.ca heleneleblanc.ndp.ca twitter.com/HeleneLeBlanc facebook.com/HeleneLeBlancLaSalleEmard youtube.com/HLEBLANCNPD
  • Mr. Speaker, our government prioritizes safe streets and communities for Canadian families. Unfortunately, the leader of the Liberal Party prioritizes legalizing marijuana above everything else. Families in my community were shocked to hear that the leader of the third party made as his first and his only policy declaration that he wanted to make it easier for children to access illegal drugs. He pointed to the example in the regulation of alcohol being available as why pot should be legalized. Parents in my community see through the Liberal leader's rhetoric and we know that teens are twice as likely to consume alcohol in the past year as pot. Regulating rules for alcohol did not prevent teens from accessing it. By sending this message that recreational drug use is acceptable, the Liberal leader is showing once again that he is not material for prime minister of our country and that he is definitely way in over his head. Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. October 31st, 2013 / 11:10 a.m. “Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: Statements By Members“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/10/31/ryan-leef-1/ Ryan Leef, MP - Yukon (Conservative)
  • Simcoe—Grey (Ontario) "no statement found - 1 August 2014" Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. 1 August 2014 “No statement found“ OnTheWeb.ca http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/hon-kellie-leitch-mp.html Hon. Kellie Leitch, MP Conservative Party of Canada 1-866-435-1809 / (705) 445-5557 Kellie.Leitch@parl.gc.ca kellieleitchmp.com twitter.com/KellieLeitch facebook.com/KellieLeitchMP youtube.com/KellieLeitchMP
  • Glengarry—Prescott—Russell (Ontario) Good morning, Mr. Lemieux has received your e-mail. Please provide us with your mailing address and Mr. Lemieux will respond in priority if you are a resident of Glengarry-Prescott- Russell. Thank you, Office of Pierre Lemieux, MP/Député [no statement found - 5 June 2014] Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 6:34 AM “Email“ <pierre.lemieux@parl.gc.ca> wrote: http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/pierre-lemieux-mp.html Pierre Lemieux, MP Conservative Party of Canada (613) 632-4162 pierre.lemieux@parl.gc.ca pierrelemieux.ca facebook.com/PierreLemieuxMP
  • "Further, I would point out why a minimum sentence for having one marijuana plant when say manslaughter does not even have a minimum sentence. Aggravated sexual assault, section 273, has no minimum sentence. Abduction of a child under 14 has no minimum sentence. Abandoning a child under 10, so its life is likely to be endangered, section 218, has no minimum sentence. However, if someone has a marijuana plant we are going to send them away to jail for six months. This is ad-hockery at its worse." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. March 27th, 2009 / 12:25 p.m. “Controlled Drugs and Substances Act: Government Orders” OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2009/3/27/megan-leslie-7/ Megan Leslie, MP - Halifax Nova Scotia (NDP)
  • "We know that, according to the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, teens are twice as likely to have consumed alcohol in the last year than pot. Regulated rules for alcohol do not prevent teens from getting access to it, just like the Liberal's plan to legalize marijuana will not make it tougher for our kids to access drugs. In fact, it will do just the opposite. By sending the message that recreational drug use is acceptable, the leader of the Liberal Party is once again showing us that he lacks the judgment to lead. Clearly he is in over his head." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. October 30th, 2013 / 2:15 p.m. “Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada: Statements By Members“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/10/30/chungsen-leung-1/ Chungsen Leung, MP - Willowdale Ontario (Conservative)
  • "I can give some examples. If this bill passes, we could deport people who have six marijuana plants, for example, since they could be subject to a six-month sentence. These are not people who have committed violent or serious crimes and who deserve to be punished." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. September 24th, 2012 / 6 p.m. “C-43 (Faster Removal of Foreign Criminals Act)” laurinliu.ca http://www.laurinliu.ca/en/parliament/statements/c-43-faster-removal-of-foreign-criminals-act Laurin Liu, MP - Rivière-des- Mille-Îles Quebec (NDP)
  • "Mr. Speaker, last week the Liberal soft on crime spokesman from Malpeque and the NDP member for Vancouver East met to support convicted drug dealer Marc Emery. This individual is serving a serious sentence in the United States for selling drugs online, where anyone can access them. Criminal acts like these put our children at risk. On this side of the House we have been clear that drug dealers will face the full force of the law. Other parties are only concerned with how they can help the drug trade. In fact, the member for Vancouver East said selling drugs never posed any “...harm to any Canadian or U.S. citizen”. Convicted drug dealer Marc Emery sums it up best. He said: “If the Liberals were still the governing party now...[he] would have been immediately released upon...arrival in Canada...”. Rather than worrying about the victims of crime, all the Liberals and NDP are concerned with is making things easier for convicted criminals. Our Conservative government will always stand up against the shameful policies put forward by the other side. " Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. November 7th, 2013 / 2:10 p.m. “Public Safety: Statements By Members“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/11/7/wladyslaw-lizon-1/ Wladyslaw Lizon, MP - Mississauga East— Cooksville Ontario (Conservative)
  • The MP for Huron-Bruce says a new pot law would save taxpayers more than it would cost the people directly affected by it. ... Lobb cites mould and home safety as reasons why restricting the personal growth of pot is beneficial to Canadians. Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Friday, February 22, 2013 3:13 PM “Lobb Defends Pot Law“ by Fadi Didi - bayshorebroadcasting.ca http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=55257 Ben Lobb, MP - Huron—Bruce Ontario (Conservative)
  • "The only position and policy brought forward by the Liberal Party to date under the leadership of their new leader, the member for Papineau, is that he would like to see a policy that legalizes marijuana. Whether that is an appropriate policy is up for debate and probably will be debated at some future time, perhaps even in this Parliament. However, I find it passing strange that would be the first policy that the new Liberal leader decided was worthy of comment." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. November 5th, 2013 / 3:20 p.m. “Opposition Motion—Instruction to the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics: Business of Supply: Government Orders“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/11/5/tom-lukiwski-3/ Tom Lukiwski, MP - Regina—Lumsden—Lake Centre Saskatchewan (Conservative)
  • "While the opposition continues to call for job-killing carbon taxes and legalizing marijuana, we will continue to put Canadian families first." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. January 31st, 2014 / 11:10 a.m. “Consumer Protection: Statements By Members“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2014/1/31/james-lunney-1/ James Lunney, MP - Nanaimo—Alberni British Columbia (Conservative) WILL NOT BE SEEKING RE-ELECTION
  • "The problem is, if society wants it, society generally gets it. It looks like marijuana, obviously, as far as the Liberals are concerned will be legalized and that's just simply the way it is," said MacAulay. Official Party stance: Marijuana should be legalized and regulated Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, MP - Cardigan PEI (Liberal) Aug 23, 2013 9:18 PM AT Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013 10:10 PM AT “P.E.I. Liberal MPs support Trudeau's pot stance: 'Finally we have a political leader who's honest, who's open and who's human,' says Liberal MP” CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/p-e-i-liberal-mps-support-trudeau-s-pot-stance-1.1330781
  • In an interview with QMI Agency Tuesday, MacKay suggested that fining smokers for possessing small amounts of marijuana is an idea worth considering. "That doesn’t mean decriminalizing or legalizing, but it does mean giving police options, for example, to issue fines in addition to any other sanctions, or as a substitute for other sanctions," he said. "These are things that we are willing to look at in the new year, but there's been no decision taken." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Hon. Peter Gordon MacKay, MP - Central Nova Nova Scotia (Conservative) Posted: 12/18/2013 10:59 am EST | Updated: 01/23/2014 1:38 am EST “Peter MacKay Hints Tories May Consider Loosening Marijuana Laws” The Huffington Post Canada http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/18/peter-mackay-marijuana-trudeau-pot_n_4466387.html
  • “We do not favour legalization, we do not favour decriminalization. We are looking at various options that would give police more ability, in fact, to enforce the law, in a way that’s fair, in a way that reflects the reality. It is our intention to continue to uphold the law that does not allow the proliferation of drug use and marijuana.” Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Hon. Peter Gordon MacKay, MP - Central Nova Nova Scotia (Conservative) Wednesday, August 13, 2014 7:59:06 EDT PM “QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Justice Minister Peter MacKay says government has no plans to decriminalize marijuana ” By Jane Sims, The London Free Press http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/13/marc-emery-may-want-to-strike-down-canadas-marijuana-laws-but-mp-peter-mackay-says-the-government-wants- to-give-police-more-ability--to-enforce-the-law Photo source: “Pete MacKay, pictured here binge drinking frm a beer bong says @justintrudeau bad example 4 youth #cdnpoli“ https://twitter. com/rickmercer/statuses/370655166816468993
  • "Our government recognizes that serious drug crimes, including marijuana grow operations and clandestine methamphetamine labs, continue to pose a threat to the safety of our streets and communities. Bill C-10 contains significant elements forming part of our strategy to address this problem." Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. November 29th, 2011 / 12:25 p.m. “Motions in Amendment: Safe Streets and Communities Act: Government Orders“ OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2011/11/29/dave-mackenzie-1/ Dave MacKenzie, MP - Oxford Ontario (Conservative)
  • Conservative candidate Larry Maguire has mailed out flyers claiming Trudeau would make marijuana more available to kids and slagging Liberal candidate Rolf Dinsdale for playing in a punk band with a raunchy name. Official Party stance: Possession and Sales of Marijuana is a Criminal Offense. Posted: 11/23/2013 1:00 AM “The bloody battle for Brandon-Souris“ By: Mary Agnes Welch - Winnipeg Free Press http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/the-bloody-battle-for-brandon-souris-233123881.html Larry Maguire, MP - Brandon—Souris Manitoba (Conservative)
  • "Loi omnibus C-10 des CONS : Lutte contre le trafic de marijuana: le Canada fait fausse route @lp_lapresse http://ow.ly/9o0nQ #polcan" [Omnibus Bill C-10, the CONS: fight against trafficking of marijuana: the fact Canada mistaken @lp_lapresse http://ow.ly/9o0nQ #polcan] Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. 6:53 AM - 1 Mar 2012 “Tweet“ Hoang Mai @hoangmai_npd https://twitter.com/hoangmai_npd/status/175232316526964736 Hoang Mai, MP - Brossard—La Prairie Quebec (NDP)
  • "Now let me respond to it. It's very simple. Our position is not legalization of marijuana, it's decriminalization. And it has been 40 years since the Le Dain commission studied it. It's as simple as that. That's all I wanted to say." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. December 9th, 2013 / 5:15 p.m. “Health Committee on Dec. 9th, 2013” OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/committees/health/41-2/10/wayne-marston-9/ Wayne Marston, MP - Hamilton East— Stoney Creek Ontario (NDP)
  • "The federal NDP believes the federal government must move beyond decriminalization and examine and introduce a non-punitive, rules based approach to adult marijuana use, with an emphasis on prevention, education and health promotion. Marijuana policy needs to eliminate the criminalization of users and focus on reducing harm and preventing crime." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. March 8th, 2004 / 11:40 a.m. “Contraventions Act: Government Orders” OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2004/3/8/pat-martin-1/ Pat Martin, MP - Winnipeg Centre Manitoba (NDP)
  • "I see it on a regular basis, even in my home riding, where I have a good example with regard to a stigma staying left over. I have a Ford truck driver who smoked marijuana, got caught and has a federal conviction, so every time he goes into the United States, he is rightly pulled over because he has a record, but sometimes he is made to sit there for four or five hours. We have to intervene and say the authorities should pull him over and go through the vehicle and do all the inspections and enforcement they want to do, but the just-in-time delivery that the person is doing right there is important for both of our economies. He has to live with that type of stigma and that type of potential every single time he crosses the border. It is his own fault and he has to pay for it, but the reality is that there is a consequence." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. April 30th, 2013 / 12:20 p.m. “Strengthening Military Justice in the Defence of Canada Act: Government Orders” OpenParliament.ca http://openparliament.ca/debates/2013/4/30/brian-masse-1/ Brian Masse, MP - Windsor West Ontario (NDP)
  • "Canada needs to look beyond our closest neighbour and come up with a comprehensive and safe marijuana policy. The U.S.-driven "War on Drugs" is not a Canadian made solution. Canada must not be intimidated by U.S. rhetoric. Canada should look instead to the United States as an example of a country with a disastrously failed drug policy - a failed policy because of its perennial reliance on prohibition. There are serious flaws in the federal government's current medical marijuana program. The current regulations of the program are very restrictive, overly bureaucratic and severely limit access by Canadians who have a legitimate need for medical marijuana. These restrictions should be lifted immediately. The recommendations of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs present a reasonable, workable and non-bureaucratic means of ensuing access to marijuana for therapeutic purposes." Official Party stance: Use of Marijuana should not be legal, but consequences of possession and sales should be minimized. Tuesday, May 29, 2007 - “Response To My Open Letter - Irene Mathyssen” Posted by 420 Guy - Resident of London-Fanshawe Riding in London Ontario Canada http://420-now.blogspot.ca/2007/05/response-to-my-open-letter.html Irene Mathyssen, MP - London— Fanshawe Ontario (NDP)
  • “Dear Sam Vekemans, Thank you inquiring about whether I support the removal of cannabis as a schedule II controlled substance from the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. I fully support legalizing marijuana by removing it from the drug schedule. Prohibition has, obviously, not worked. All prohibition has achieved is creating an underground economy of unregulated and violent dealers. We need marijuana production to be regulated, taxed, and available to adults.” Official Party stance: Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule. Tue, Apr 1, 2014 at 1:34 PM “email” <Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca> http://unschedulecannabis.blogspot.ca/2014/01/elizabeth-may-mp.html Elizabeth May, MP - Saanich—Gulf Islands British Columbia (Green Party)