The Hon. Gérald A. Beaudoin
Chairperson of the Standing Senate
Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs
Dear Mr Beaudoin,
I am sending you this letter because I want to register my opposition to Bill C-7, the Controlled Drugs & Substances
Act. This legislation does nothing to advance the health and welfare of Canadians, and instead attacks Canadian
rights and freedoms in pursuit of an unobtainable goal.
Despite public opinion and the testimony of experts, Bill C-7 makes no change to Canada’s harsh penalties for simple
possession of marijuana. Bill C-7 does not even make marijuana available for legitimate medical use.
Instead, Bill C-7 empowers police to actively sell illegal drugs, and increases police power to arbitrarily search
Canadians and seize their property. It also includes procedures to ‘streamline’ the judicial process so that more
drug users can be charged with longer sentences and less opportunity for debate.
I urge the Standing Committee on Legal & Constitutional Affairs to undertake a comprehensive review of Bill C-7 and
Canada’s drug policy. This is a unique opportunity to impartially examine the costs of prohibition, as opposed to
the positive benefits of implementing policies based upon the philosophy of harm reduction.
I also urge the Committee to support the legitimate medical use of marijuana. That this healing herb is being kept
from the sick and dying who need is a travesty which could be easily remedied by the Committee.
Please keep me apprised of your Committee’s intentions in regard to Bill C-7. I look forward to hearing from you.
Thank you for your time and attention.