One of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most active ministers, Mr. Nicholson returned to his portfolio ready to toughen up laws against drug use. He and Harper have been pushing for a continued, and even escalated, war on drugs as their way of showing Canadians they -Harper and Nicholson – are tough on crime.
Problem is nobody cares about crime, according to numerous polls showing health, economy, and even environment ahead of crime as a concern to Canadians.
According to the recent “Global Commission on Drug Policy” report: “Political leaders and public figures should have the courage to articulate publicly what many of them acknowledge privately: that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that repressive strategies will not solve the drug problem, and that the war on drugs has not, and cannot, be won,” the report said.
Instead of punishing users who the report says “do no harm to others,” the commission argues that governments should end criminalisation of drug use, experiment with legal models that would undermine organised crime syndicates and offer health and treatment services for drug-users.
It calls for drug policies based on methods empirically proven to reduce crime and promote economic and social development.
The commission is especially critical of the US, saying it must abandon anti-crime approaches to drug policy and adopt strategies rooted in healthcare and human rights.”
Harper has been following in the footsteps of the U.S. in their “war on drugs” and may ignore the report for the sake of his ego. If Harper cared one iota for Canadians he would support places like Insite and would legalize marijuana as the first step towards acknowledging drug abuse is a health issue and not a criminal issue.
The commission’s report is here.