Liberal Party resolutions on drug policy

At its 1994 Biennial Convention, and again at its 1996 Biennial Convention, the Liberal Party of Canada passed resolutions calling for a rethinking of Canada’s drug laws.
Despite this, they have done nothing to enact these resolutions, and instead the Liberal Party passed the prohibitionist Controlled Drugs and Substances Act in 1996, and has resisted all attempts to ease up on Canada’s war on marijuana.

Resolution 73: Passed at the Liberal Party of Canada 1994 Convention (Part 2)

WHEREAS the use possession and trafficking of illicit drugs has become a serious problem for society; and

WHEREAS the government spends enormous amounts of money for police and the court system to combat drug related problems; and

WHEREAS there are more and more illicit drugs available and government measures to combat their effects are not reducing the problem; and

WHEREAS on the basis of medical studies, an important distinction can be made between so-called “soft” drugs and “hard” drugs.

BE IT RESOLVED that the government study and review the legislation on illicit drugs and base its position on the precedents, studies, experience and statistics established in other countries where illicit/illegal drugs are considered as a social health problem rather than as a criminal activity. One of the effects of this would be to free up large amounts of money which could be redirected to health services.

Resolution Passed at the Liberal Party of Canada 1996 Convention

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada recommends to the federal government that a politically independent committee be established to review Canadian legislation and policy with respect to illegal drugs:

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this committee shall report to the government within one (1) year, making recommendations and proposing necessary amendments or other legislation.

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