Thursday Press Conference to Challenge US Drug Czar’s Propaganda in Canada

Ottawa and New York — The Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy and the Drug Policy Alliance will hold a press conference in the Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, February 22, 2007. The meeting is to mark the occasion of the visit to Ottawa by the head of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy (the US Drug Czar) John Walters.
The press conference will feature four distinguished speakers who will challenge the continuing criticism of Canada’s drug control efforts by Mr. Walters, and discuss pressure by the US Administration on the Government of Canada to follow the American model of drug control, which is based heavily the use of the criminal law, policing and incarceration (“criminal prohibition”).

Speakers at the press conference will also address the failure of US drug control policies in the United States, the misleading rhetoric by the US Administration about Canada’s contribution to US drug problems, and the damaging effects of US drug control policies on Canada, including the risks US poppy eradication policies pose for Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

Speaking at the press conference will be:

The Honourable Larry W. Campbell
Senator, former Mayor of Vancouver, former RCMP Drug Squad member, and former Chief Coroner of British Columbia.

Ethan Nadelmann
Founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, New York, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Mr. Nadelmann is a former Princeton University professor and author of several books and articles on policing, crime control and drug policy, including the co-authored Policing the Globe: Criminalization and Crime Control in International Relations.

Professor Line Beauchesne
Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa, the author of several books on drug policy, and co-founder, Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy.

Eugene Oscapella
Ottawa lawyer, co-founder, Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, and lecturer on drug policy in the Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa.

– For more informatio, contact: Eugene Oscapella, Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy, Ottawa 613-282-1864 (cell) or 613-238-5909

– Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy: www.cfdp.ca

– Drug Policy Alliance: www.drugpolicy.org

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