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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Poll question: Should Marc Emery be handed over to the U.S.?

Yesterday, we covered the story of three MPs (Conservative, Liberal and NDP) who presented petitions to the House on Monday in favour of keeping Marc Emery in Canada.

Emery, libertarian publisher and cannabis activist, is facing a five-year stint in a U.S. federal penitentiary for selling viable marijuana seeds to Americans. A Canadian court handed down a $200 fine to a marijuana seed seller convicted of selling millions of marijuana seeds.

The CBC asked their readers this "Question of the Day": "Should Marc Emery be handed over to the U.S.?" The results were fairly surprising. Fully 92 per cent of respondents (1680 votes) said "No," with 7 per cent (132) answering "Yes," and less than 1 per cent (16 votes) saying "Not sure."

Since CBC readers are likely to differ from Western Standard readers, we thought we'd ask the same question, to see what the difference would be. Here it is:

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on March 17, 2010 in Marijuana reform | Permalink

Comments

Oh this will be fun.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 12:35:52 PM


Other great poll ideas'..

1) If his workshop is at the north pole, is Santa Claus subject to Canadian workplace safety laws ?

2) who is the _really the " Great One"
Jesus Christ or Wayne Gretsky ?

3)Does Quebec qualify as a "First Nation" or
a " Second Nation? "

4) Margaret Trudeau- was her bizarre behavior as First Lady of Canada more influenced by her clinical bi polarism or her immoderate use of marijuana?

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 12:43:24 PM


awww whats the matter 419. The poll not going the way you want it to go? Don't worry, we don't want to hurt you, unlike what you want to do to us.
If Marc doesn't go, where does that leave our bet?

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 1:45:42 PM


It's not exactly a "Western" blog anymore is it. Many in Eastern Canada and das Reich (Ontario), some from the US, one in Germany, and one from somewhere off the coast of Africa. Must be a wireless connection :)

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 1:54:09 PM


I don;t care what the poll reveals,

just like Prime Minister Harper said
in the YouTube clip
none of that matters

...... he knows it
...... and I know it
...... and you know it

what does matter is ..
when the Justice Minister signs
on the dotted line
and the cuffs go on
and the lights go out
for the next five years

.... everybody knows that


Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 1:55:50 PM


Fortunately, there's only one person's decision who matters: the Honorable Robert Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. Hopefully this entire fiasco reminds him to sign Emery's extradition order. It's funny how even the great people forget insignificant little things.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 1:57:34 PM


where does that leave out bet?
the bet was
"... when Marc Emery leaves jail he will be walking back into a Canada where marijuana has been legalized..

I said no / you said yes - we agreed to $25
I will have to wait perhaps five years
to collect- but I don't mind waiting

If you want in on another bet
as to whether Marc Emery will be extradited to the USA ,like I have been on for months but so far no loud proud Wipehead will put money down to back up their belief

I would wage $100 on that -
payable the day he is legally exonerated
-or-
the day he crosses the border

bet like a man, win or lose
or forever concede you are a wipehead wuss

$100 cash / no pizzas / no excuses

- offer closes midnight tonight
after which the stakes rise considerably

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 2:10:35 PM


So much for democracy ay? 1 person makes the decision. Even tho the majority is against it.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 2:19:31 PM


Thats right, that was the bet. But if he doesn't go, that would nullify the bet. So if this is the case, I will be happy to change it to just legalization in 5 years. $20 is enough, its not the money, its just a trophy. If I win, I will mount it and put it on my wall, with the story to go along it. If you win, well, maybe you may be able to buy a pizza with it, a small one most likely.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 2:24:54 PM


Steve you're a retarded Commie Tool

democracy is the will of the people invested into their/ our / your legally elected representatives,


Rt Hon Stephen Harper is the head of the Conservative party that won the federal election, - are you aware of that?

The majority decision to free your favourite criminal or legalize your favourite drug on some one ply toilet paper fun poll on the internet is of no real value. That's dress up lets pretend social policy hobby stuff

If you don't know that by now, I hope you can always find someone to help you to cross the street

the real business of orchestrating the will of the people is through an - election - qv

wikipedia that one, you big crybaby
and don;t come back here till you do-

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 2:32:26 PM


It would be unfair IF this were up for a vote. It isn't. It is just a legal procedure, one that Emery himself voluntarily agreed to obey. So it doesn't matter one way or the other: he's going down. He'll get some federal medium security prison. I hope he gets one in the Southeast or the Southwest where it's brutally hot in the summer, like Butner, North Carolina (where Bernie Madoff is), Edgefield, South Carolina, Seagoville, Texas or Coleman, Florida (where Conrad Black is).

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 2:38:21 PM


Steve,
it's the money, not the trophy
cash doesn't end up in a garage sale
like your ill conceived vision of a trophy will

Like I said, I make my own pizzas.
its about the money, you can have your dignity
I don't need yours to maintain mine

- $100.00 bet on whether Emery is extradited
to the USA
I say he goes to the USA
you imagine he will go free

$100.00 yes or no - Midnight EST

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 2:50:15 PM


Great poll.

Lets say, "Should Marc be responsible to all Canadians for bringing the HEAT down on Canada for marijuana? and then cry like a baby when it actually does?"

Posted by: slipknot | 2010-03-17 4:22:43 PM


Blow me 419. Your slip is showing. I'll do what I want with your piece of paper. I'm not putting money on one mans opinion, or morality to satisfy your need to gamble. If its about the money for you, then fine. Do what ever you want.
As for Democracy, well that's all a matter of degrees isn't it? Did you vote to send troops to Afghanistan? Did you vote for any proposals to improve your neighborhood? Do you get to vote for anything beyond which preselected man you get to chose from? Then they lie to you, in hopes you vote for them, then they win and do whatever the hell they feel like. I can't tell the difference between them. If that is democracy, it is no different from any other form of government, including communism. We peasants are just better looked after.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 4:45:22 PM


"Great poll.

Lets say, "Should Marc be responsible to all Canadians for bringing the HEAT down on Canada for marijuana? and then cry like a baby when it actually does?""

Posted by: slipknot | 2010-03-17 4:22:43 PM

Spoken like a true pussy. Who is going to bring the heat down on Canada? The States? If they do, and we buckle to their demands, we might as well give up our sovereignty and become the 53rd state. In matters of internal affairs, the US should keep their flipping nose in their own business. Maybe if they had from the beginning, you wouldn't have had to scrap up 3000+ innocent people from under piles of rubble.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 4:53:06 PM


These druggies are all "pro-democracy" until they get their way; as Hannah Arendt said, even the most radical revolutionary becomes a conservative the day after the revolution. What if a ballot came before Parliament or Legislature to re-criminalize drugs? Would they say "we accept this in the spirit of democracy"? Hell no! They'd whine like Toronto people when, well, something doesn't go their way, like the army doesn't show up fast enough to shovel their snow. The less we hear from these people the better off society is. Emery has had too much attention for one day. Sending him down to his personally-approved sentence in a US prison will resolve the drug non-issue once and for all.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 4:55:54 PM


"...Blow me 419..."

Since we can all see
you will not put your money
where your mouth is,
at least we learned
where you put your mouth.

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 5:54:53 PM


What? LOL, that was a pathetic attempt at switching "Blow me 419" around. Not the sharpest pencil in the pile eh? Well that's ok. Maybe you can get it right next time.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 6:04:53 PM


"...Not the sharpest pencil in the pile eh?.."

your confessionals
are sadder than usual
tonight Steve..if that's at all possible
You have discounted both ends of your Chakras on a public forum.,

Maybe its time to take a little break and come back after Prime Minister Harper gifts the black pen of Wipehead doom to the Federal Justice Minister Nicholson.
That might be any hour now..
You know it's coming..
& it will happen on schedule
just like taking out the garbage

We imagine you won';t be backing up your social hero drug warrior opinions with money, right?
- You radical cheapskates are all the same
So it's automatic upgrade for you to " Wuss "
at the strike of midnight

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 6:34:04 PM


.. it doesn't matter
if all 500 people
vote to free Marc Emery.

none of their opinions count for anything
but its fun watching this important internet opinion poll taking shape, especially when there are more
" squish Marc" votes coming in from BC than anywhere else in the whole world..

Sad he's better off in jail
than facing all the people
he screwed over the years

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-17 6:39:14 PM


Do these empty diversions really make you guys feel better in your powerlessness? Do they really? Too bad the legal system doesn't work by Ipsos-Reid poll. If it did, the fiends would be tearing Karla Homolka's heart in Hell, the Bacon brothers would dropped into a well with the opening bricked off, and Earl Jones would have to pay back every cent he defrauded from people, with interest.

How many people's signatures on the Three-MP petition so far? 12,000? A staggering 0.04 percent of the population. Let me know when it hits one percent, if it does.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 6:42:19 PM


Spoken like a true pussy. Who is going to bring the heat down on Canada? The States? If they do, and we buckle to their demands, we might as well give up our sovereignty and become the 53rd state.

51st state, Steve. Moreover, abiding by the terms of a legally binding treaty isn't exactly selling the farm to Uncle Sam. This stopped being a question of Canadian sovereignty the instant Emery peddled his wares in the U.S., no matter what Libby Davies's brain-dead constituents think.

In matters of internal affairs, the US should keep their flipping nose in their own business. Maybe if they had from the beginning, you wouldn't have had to scrap up 3000+ innocent people from under piles of rubble.

Blame the victim; how typical. Terrorists aren't scumbags; they're just misunderstood. Really.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 6:47:09 PM


So much for democracy ay? 1 person makes the decision. Even tho the majority is against it.

Democracy means you get to pick your leaders. It doesn't mean mob rule. If you find a country that allows citizens to serve as jury in every single criminal case, let me know.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 6:48:22 PM


As for Democracy, well that's all a matter of degrees isn't it? Did you vote to send troops to Afghanistan? Did you vote for any proposals to improve your neighborhood? Do you get to vote for anything beyond which preselected man you get to chose from? Then they lie to you, in hopes you vote for them, then they win and do whatever the hell they feel like. I can't tell the difference between them. If that is democracy, it is no different from any other form of government, including communism. We peasants are just better looked after.

Spoken like somebody who voted for the other guy, Steve. And more than once. Suck it up; your man doesn't always win. Yes, that is democracy, which in this sense, closely mirrors life. You win some, you lose some.

You know, the Libertarian attitude towards Harper is really stupid. In spite of the cold shoulder he gave you, he's still closer to your general line of beliefs than any other party leader; at least, any party with seats. Who are you going to put in his place? Have you given the least thought to that? Or do you just wipe your ass with your ballot, drop it in the box, and then shuffle out of the building, loudly complaining that the system doesn't represent you?

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 6:53:01 PM


1. most of the US citizens posting notes here, don't know what they're talking about. Its not their fault, their government & media has worked hard to support BigTobacco, BigCotton, BigOil & Big Alcohol. There is an entire *industry* in the US dedicated to the prison system. That's why you've got more prisoners than any other nation & their standard of care has nothing to do with Justice, but looks more like profits, cruelty, abuses of the Poor & visible minorities... & most clearly, looks like vengeance.

2. Has it occurred to anyone that making SEEDS & DNA illegal, you're doing something really scary? The USA is on the cutting edge of copyright protecting & privatizing DNA, fiddling with DNA code & criminalizing DNA. That's a mess. Do you really trust corporations to fix the problems they create? Of course not, but the World will suffer for it, though.

But a plant that grows in a ditch & can solve many, many economic, social & medical needs with little to no environmental impacts is a scourge? Really? Take a look at your toxic products & BigPharma propaganda. You're selling what nobody needs, while destroying what people have used for millennia.

3. You actually want to *import someone who finished a business transaction originating from US citizens*? gee, maybe you might want to prosecute the US citizens who initiated the transaction. Selling seeds is a crime worthy of putting someone into the horrific & disgusting US prison system?
That's just repugnant. The US trails the 'developed World' in prison reforms & reducing recidivism. ...but at least your judges know how to invest in prisons where they send your children!

What did Emery do? Gosh, he completed a transaction that put *seeds* into the US.

Meanwhile, you've had Monsanto suing a Canadian because they lied about 'cross-pollination' of their sick 'terminator seeds' & little 'Round Up Ready' GMO seeds. There is a reason Dr.Vandana Shiva refers to the US DNA tinkering as 'the Death of Life'.

There is something very wrong with the USA: & it looks a lot like an abusive empire of money treating the Rest of the *billions* of the World's citizens like dirt. WHINSEC? you're torturing & asassinating *environmental, social justice activists & union organizers*? ...& the problem is EMERY?
what's wrong? He was too white to assassinate or gang rape his wife into intimidating him to stop doing what is a minor misdemeanor in his own country? Its a minor crime in Canada, ONLY because the US can't mind its own business & stop hounding other nations to bend their cultures to fit the 'US model' of social 'standards'.

Wake up: you're no better than the rest of the World, but you certainly create more disasters than anybody else.

TWO global international economic collapses in under a Century, & the ONLY GUY YOU CAN PROSECUTE IS A CANADIAN WHO SOLD POT SEEDS.

Do the World a favour: clean up your act. Stop polluting the World. Put your banking criminals in jail. Get some business credibility & get rid of the derivative market.

Pot seeds are a problem for you? really??
POT SEEDS?

You've destroyed the lives of millions -if not billions!- of people & are engaged in warcrimes & occupations of foreign resource regions.

Our tolerance for US abuses is growing thin.
Knock off the posturing & clean up your act.

Posted by: BlueBerry Pick'n | 2010-03-17 6:58:30 PM


Wow Shane, do you pick up every ones fights? Don't you think 419 is a big boy? I'm sure he can defend himself.
Speaking of empty diversions, no one posts here more than you. Not even close.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-17 7:10:10 PM


Are you high, Blueberry? I think that is, bar none, the most universally and comprehensively paranoid rant I have ever seen stain the pages of the Shotgun, and that is saying something. A Canadian with little use for Americans; how original.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 8:41:37 PM


Wow Shane, do you pick up every ones fights?

Said the man fighting for a convicted criminal and drug smuggler.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-17 8:42:35 PM


Just listening to the blueballs here whine makes my day.

Good luck with the next election you are going to need it if you expect to win seats in all the little "hell holes of this great land" - H Guergis.

Heil Harper you Nazi suckers.

Oh and keep polishing your guns if it makes you feel safe.

I feel safe knowing that it will be your own firearm that will kill you.

Posted by: Paul Hanson | 2010-03-17 9:20:46 PM


Yes life would be so much better if guns were legalized. In fact, it's one of the safest home objects around. Studies prove how safe they are. There's no need for a radical fascist police state. I should be able to walk down the street carrying my AK-47 and no one should be able to do anything about it. It's not the government's business if I have guns in my house. So there.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-17 9:38:02 PM


Criminal!!!! Zeb,Zeb,Zeb you know unregistered weapons are illegal. Though I gotta tell you, I agree with you. As long as they are secured properly.

Posted by: Steve Bottrell | 2010-03-18 1:11:25 AM


A yes vote doesn't mean I agree with prohibition. It means I agree with honouring international law, and protocols. I view Emery's actions as a stunt. Sometimes, stunts go horribly wrong.

Posted by: dp | 2010-03-18 9:06:14 AM


Shane, you're so busted, again. Here we go again with this single poster using multiple aliases in order to make it look like there's a whole host of prohibitionists posting their opposition to ending cannabis prohibition. Google search these names together & they'll come up together every time. Zebulon Pike, 419, & Shane Matthews. This leaves 5 unique posters, not 8. Talk about inflation. You should change your aliases once in awhile. This way people won't realize you're trying to pull off one of the oldest prohibitionist's tricks in the book. Make it look like there's a whole lot more supporters of this civil rights trampling prohibition that actually helped grow organized crime into what it's become today. It's horrible how you justify this nastiness. Perhaps you make a living off keeping cannabis a banned substance? I love American cops who enjoy a cold beer after work & think nothing of the fact that the only reason it's legal to drink alcohol is due to free Americans who ignored the Volstead Act until it was rightly repealed. The same will happen with cannabis prohibition & you know it. That's why you're upset enough to post like you do. Just because it's a law doesn't make it a just law. Nope! I don't care for pot. Voters like myself are waking up to the fact it's Nanny State types who think they need to think for others. Wrong! Live & let live, & meddlers not needed. Self determination, self reliance, & personal responsibilty are what free people believe in. It's called the right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Okay, I've wasted enough of my valuable time outing & educating you again.

Posted by: Ursobustedshame | 2010-03-18 11:09:29 AM


Of course he should be extradited. He knowingly broke US law, this is the most clear cut of cases. Furthermore, this had to be his ultimate goal; he knew this had to happen before he started, yet he did it anyway. All he had to do was confine his activities to Canada.

It is easy to stay out of jail and avoid extradition to the US; I have lived for 38 years and avoided both with little effort. Emery is no martyr, he is just another rabble rousing hippie activist.

Posted by: Kevin Lafayette | 2010-03-19 7:10:31 AM


A better question would be, should Canada live up to its international treaty obligations, yes or no. Because that really is the topic of discussion here; the extradition treaty that Canada has with the US. Not extraditing Emery would not look good to anyone thinking of signing a new treaty with Canada, or countries with existing treaties.

You want proof of the brain damaging qualities of pot, look no further than the demands that Canada should ignore its treaty obligations, for a guy who obviously wanted to go to US prison from the start. I mean, did you guys really not know about the legal process of extradition? Do you not know that Canada negotiated then signed an agreement with the US over this stuff?

Canadian law does not matter; what matters is that Emery broke US law, and the US wants to put him in jail. The extradition treaty says that is what is going to happen.

Now I expect some clever hipster will call me a name, and mistake that for a winning argument.

Posted by: Kevin Lafayette | 2010-03-19 7:34:23 AM


Emery also agreed to his sentence and his extradition, so this entire issue was moot from the start.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-19 8:37:57 AM


Shane, you're so busted, again. Here we go again with this single poster using multiple aliases in order to make it look like there's a whole host of prohibitionists…

Good morning, Oog.

It's horrible how you justify this nastiness. Perhaps you make a living off keeping cannabis a banned substance?

Perhaps your cannabis is making you paranoid.

I love American cops…

With ketchup.

The same will happen with cannabis prohibition & you know it. That's why you're upset enough to post like you do.

Well, let’s see. The whole world outlawed cannabis about the same time; the few jurisdictions that relaxed restrictions against it for any length of time wound up tightening them again in a few years. Yeah, I’m crying in my Coke Zero.

Just because it's a law doesn't make it a just law.

Just because you break it doesn’t make it unjust.

Live & let live, & meddlers not needed.

Said the puke who suborned violence and boasts of being a veteran of countless fistfights.

Self determination, self reliance, & personal responsibilty are what free people believe in.

And you choose to express your personal responsibility by feeding organized crime?

It's called the right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Okay, I've wasted enough of my valuable time outing & educating you again.

Yeah, those widgets aren’t gonna stamp themselves out. Better snap to it, O factory worker with delusions of grandeur.

You’re not impressing anyone, Oog. First you were this tall, handsome, powerful guy with a really big truck, his own state-of-the-art production facility on a five-acre plot, and bastards all over British Columbia. Then, by degrees, you revealed yourself to be a brawl-scarred, gap-toothed, weatherbeaten, stunted drink of water whose face would stop a clock. So go crawl back under your stone.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2010-03-19 8:48:44 AM


The Wipehead Institute
For Slow Learners Presents

Political Science for Dummies

" One man- one poll opinion "
the Wipehead solution
to determine what movie to see
applied to social policy = success


tomorrows lesson will be about democracy
so practise making those Xs'

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-19 9:10:35 AM


"Oh this will be fun."

Yep that was fun.

Puff Puff Vote. Bye Bye Blueballs ; )

Posted by: Paul Hanson | 2010-03-19 11:06:10 PM


nice knowing you Paul..

you were responding to
the first comment
like days later -
that's sketchy
even for a Wipehead

if we understood
what you were on about
maybe we could help you
but we can't
so we won't

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-20 12:28:05 AM


419 did you say something?

All I hear is a cat being fed through a blender.

Heil Harper

Posted by: Paul Hanson | 2010-03-20 9:36:18 AM


"...All I hear is a cat being fed through a blender.

Hanson, you are a five star royal retard

You are at home
that was _your cat

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-20 11:35:11 PM


Let’s be honest, this government I’m serving can’t even keep cannabis out of prisons. Even in a tiny area guarded with guns, barbed wire, and four metre high concrete walls.

Posted by: Stephen Harper | 2010-03-21 10:19:36 PM


Well Steve, who cares what a bunch of Cons do ? they are just Wipeheads wasteproducts trapped in a box. they can't do anything except pay all they own for few hits off a stick of burning toxic weed smuggled in from Stupidland . Like you point out, they are safely behind bars and 4 metre high concrete walls afraid of a uniform where they belong

Prisoners are the lowest priority on the social scale. They have no chance of implementing any twisted plan they may hatch, so really, who cares what they say, think or do ?

Their plight just illustrates that prohibition doesn't make dope worth 10 times what it costs in Wipeheadland ; its the prisoners own retarded value system that makes them pay 10 fold. It just goes to show how stupid Wipeheads actually are on either side of a cell door

No amount of guns, barbed wire or concrete can save an asshole from himself = but it can save everybody else from him very nicely.

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-21 11:26:38 PM


"No amount of guns, barbed wire or concrete can save an asshole from himself"

you oughta know ; )

And with that I prorogue myself from this thread as it is complete.

Posted by: Paul Hansen | 2010-03-22 3:41:42 AM


This would have happened under the previous regime too. Emery's minions are just playing partisan politics in order to save him from prison. They failed.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-22 6:50:03 AM


bye Paul..

you can safely take
your wit aboard an airplane,
it wouldn't be regarded as sharp

Posted by: 419 | 2010-03-22 9:26:40 AM


Mr. Steven Harper needs to understand that powerful drug lords are being funded by us Canadians hypothetical speaking (not in all cases). that's were the money goes. do you want that Mr. Harper? i mean come on STOP sending people to jail for having cannabis, Jesus.... its somewhere between coffee and alcohol...Do your job Mr. Harper or you won't be elected next time...

Posted by: Andrew | 2010-03-23 3:00:58 PM


So you want to funnel drug money to Canadian drug lords instead of foreign ones? That makes no sense. Of course, nothing in the "legalization" movement makes even the slightest sense. It must be the drugs. Hopefully the cat-o-nine tails and long jail sentences will straighten you people out.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2010-03-23 5:26:47 PM


"Researchers at the Urban Health Research Initiative (UHRI), a program of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), conducted a systematic review of all available English-language scientific literature to examine the impacts of drug-law enforcement on drug-market violence.

The systematic review identified 15 international studies examining the impact of drug-law enforcement on violence. Contrary to the prevailing belief that drug-law enforcement reduces violence, 87% of the studies (13 studies) observed that drug law enforcement was associated with increasing levels of drug-market violence.

"Widespread drug-related violence in places like Mexico and the US, as well as the gun violence we are increasingly seeing on Canadian streets, appears to be directly attributable to drug prohibition," said co-author Dr. Evan Wood, a BC-CfE researcher. "Prohibition drives up the value of these substances astronomically, thereby creating lucrative markets exploited by organized crime. Any disruption of these markets through drug law enforcement seems to have the perverse effect of creating financial opportunities for organized crime groups, and gun violence often ensues."

The report's findings are also significant in the context of Bill C-15, which is currently before Parliament and would introduce mandatory minimum sentences for drug convictions. Research shows that similar sentencing policies in the United States have been ineffective in curbing the drug trade and have imposed a staggering tax burden through the escalating costs of incarceration. Despite the renewed emphasis on law enforcement in Canada's new National Anti-Drug Strategy and the proposal to implement mandatory minimum sentences for drug law violations, the evidence base to support these measures has not yet been articulated.

"In the era of evidence-based public policy it is remarkable that the federal government is proposing extremely costly interventions, such as mandatory minimum sentences, without any discussion of their costs or likely impacts on crime," said Dr. Thomas Kerr, a BC-CfE researcher and co-author of the report. "This review clearly demonstrates that while these interventions will place an enormous burden on the taxpayer, they are unlikely to reduce crime and may actually increase violence in our communities."

The report's findings have received support from across the political spectrum, including high-profile conservative voices.

"Drug-related violence is not a partisan issue, and all parties need to work together to increase the evidence base that goes into illicit drug policies," said Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, former Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs.

The report was externally peer-reviewed by conservative economists, including Professor Stephen Easton, who is a Senior Fellow at the Fraser Institute, and Harvard's Jeffrey Miron.

The full 26-page report, "Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Review", is available online at http://uhri.cfenet.ubc.ca."

Full Article:
http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/BC-Centre-Excellence-HIV-AIDS-New-Report-Finds-Drug-Prohibition-Stricter-Law-Enforcement-1136285.htm

Posted by: Its Time | 2010-03-23 8:18:52 PM



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