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Studies, Reports, and Analysis of Cannabis Policy

Date Organization Name of Study / Report / Analysis
2006 Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review
"Canada's 2003 renewed drug strategy – an evidence-based review"
2004 British Columbia Civil Liberties Association "Beyond Prohibition: Legal Cannabis in Canada"
2004 The Fraser Institute "Marijuana Growth in British Columbia"
2003 House of Commons Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs "A Policy for the New Millennium: Working Together to Redefine Canada's Drug Strategy"
2002 Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs "Cannabis: Our Position For A Canadian Public Policy"
2002 Baker Institute for Public Policy "Moving Beyond the "War on Drugs"
2002 The John Howard Society Resources, Briefs and Position Papers on Drug Policy
1999 The Cato Institute (Washington, DC) Beyond Prohibition: "An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century."
1999 Policy Studies Institute "Prohibition, Public Health and a Window of Opportunity: an Analysis of Canadian Drug Policy, 1985-1997 "
1998 Regents College, London, England (Lindesmith Center and UK charity Release) "Regulating Cannabis: Options for Control in the 21st Century"
1972 Canadian Government Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs "The Le Dain Report"
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Canadian HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review
"Canada's 2003 renewed drug strategy – an evidence-based review"
2006
Canada’s 2003 renewed drug strategy – an evidence-based review (PDF, 860k)
Note: *the article starts on page 1, and continues on page 27.

Excerpt:
"About three-quarters of the resources of Canada’s Drug Strategy are directed towards enforcement-related efforts, despite a lack of scientific evidence to support this approach and little, if any, evaluation of the impacts of this investment."

"The authors conclude that from a scientific perspective, Canada’s Drug Strategy should make it a priority to ensure that federal funds are directed towards cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment and harm reduction services, and that these services should be available to all Canadians."
 
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association
"Beyond Prohibition: Legal Cannabis in Canada"
The Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, BC
2004
Text Transcripts of presentations: (courtesy of BCCLA)

Senator Pierre Claude Nolin - Keynote Address
R. Keith Stroup - Conference Statement
Jeffrey A. Miron - Economic Aspects of a Post-Prohibition Regime for Marijuana
Walter McKay - If Cops Were Smoking Legal Marijuana
Dr. Brian Emerson - Public Health Approach to Marijuana *PowerPoint file
Steph Sherer - Distribution of Medical Cannabis in California
British Columbia Compassion Club Society
  • Operational Standards for the Distribution of Medical Cannabis
  • A Roadmap to Compassion: The Implementation of Working Medicinal Cannabis Program in Canada

Video Clips of presentations (courtesy of Pot-TV.net)
Hon Pierre Claude Nolin *
Canadian Senator, Hon Claude Nolin, the keynote speaker for the Beyond Prohibiton conference calls to abolish the cannabis prohibition after reviewing the history of Canadian pot policy. He promises a good future for marijuana laws in Canada after studying the issue seriously and decodes Bill C-10 and why he cannot support it. Question and answer period follows with questions from Jon Conroy, our own Chris Bennett and Richard Cowan.
Eugene Oscapella *
Barrister and Solicitor from Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy compares the rights we have as citizens and analyzes international treaties vs. canadian drug laws and possible solutions and revisions to our undefined policies.
Dr. Todd Mikuriya
Former director of marijuana research National Institute Mental Health analyzes models from the California and various countries, implications of taxation, valid statistics, implimentation, involving growers and medical systems.
Todd Mikuriya is an advisor and author of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996.
Dr. Brian Emerson
Consultant for BC Ministry of Health Dr. Brian Emerson examines the facts of medical marijuana, comparing US and Canadian results and policies.
BC Compassion Club Society staff describe the benefits of The Compassion Club's model for distribution of medical-necessity marijuana and how it operates successfully in Vancouver.
Kieth Stroup
Longtime NORML Executive Director outlines the tenants of NORML and shares his insight into prohibition and the implications of decriminalization, legalization, control; models and the realities of the U.S. legal system.
Walter McKay
Ex-Cop Condemns the Drug War and Calls for Legalization
Insightful speech by Law Enforcement Against Prohibition's Walter McKay about law enforcement resources in the drug war. Details about why police have started L.E.A.P. and demonstrates the economic implications of the sheer police and prison staff in a prohibition system.
Peter Cohen
Professor from University of Amsterdam Peter Cohen outlines the controls and results of their study on drug use and demographics. This study is then compared to Berlin and San Fransisco findings and draws results from 1985 to 2004, and experience as the Director of the Centre or Drug Research.
Jeffrey Miron
Boston University Professor of Economics discusses the implications and alternatives to prohibition, legalization, decriminilization, medicalization and taxation from an economic point of view.
Phillipe Lucas
Vancouver Island Compassion Society member Phillipe Lucas criticizes Canada's medical marijuana from Flin Flon Manitoba and why the model that Canada is following is only half-way to the way Canadians For Safe Access would like to see it.
Larry Campbell
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell's complete recent groundbreaking speech at the BC Civil Liberties Association Conference in Vancouver. Marc Emery introduces this footage, with opening remarks by Kirk Tousaw, former Policy Director, and Murray Mollard, Executive Director.
Eric Nash and Wendy Little Certified legal cannabis growers Eric Nash and Wendy Little of Island Harvest Certified Organic Cannabis address the issues of medical cultivation. Nash also takes the Green Tide propaganda on with the facts on how to make your grow room safe and secure.
Dialogue Session 1
Speakers from the first two hours of the Beyond Prohibition conference are fielded questions from the audience.
Speakers: Phillipe Lucas, Jeffrey Miron, and Walter McKay answer questions from our own Marc Emery and David Malmo-Levine. [Hear an ex-police officer describe why cops like the proposed "decrim" bill @ 12:00 min.]
Dialogue Session 2
Hilary Black and Dr. Brian Emerson answer and reflect on the audience's questions from the second hour of the Beyond Prohibition conference.
Richard Cowan, David Malmo-Levine, Flash Gordon, and Ted Smith raise good points based on their experiences in the movement.
Dialogue Session 3
Kieth Stroup, Eugene Oscapella, Peter Cohen, Eric Nash and Wendy Little discuss their presentations further with the audience in a question and answer period after the third hour of the Beyond Prohibition conference.
 
The Fraser Institute
"Marijuana Growth in British Columbia" Author of the report: Stephen Easton
2004

Legalize Marijuana, Fraser Institute Advises
$2-Billion Tax Source: Group Says Move Would Seize Control From Criminals

"If we treat marijuana like any other commodity, we can tax it, regulate it and use the resources the industry generates rather than continue a war against consumption and production that has long since been lost," Dr. Easton said. "It is apparent that we are reliving the experience of alcohol prohibition of the early years of the last century." More info

Summary Report: Marijuana Growth in British Columbia
Full Report: Download the full 40 page study (PDF, 301k)

 

House of Commons Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs (a.k.a. "SNUD" Committee)
"A Policy for the New Millennium: Working Together to Redefine Canada's Drug Strategy"
2003
Special Committee on the Non-Medical Use of Drugs
Interim Report (Presented in the House December 12, 2002)
Final Report (Presented in the House November 6, 2003)
Edited Committee Evidence SNUD Number 001 (Official Version)
Non-Medical Use of Drugs (SNUD)



Special Committee on the Non-medical Use of Drugs (Bill C-38)
"An Act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act"
Report 1 - Bill C-38
Report 2 - Bill C-38
Non-medical Use of Drugs (Bill C-38)

 

Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs
"Cannabis: Our Position For A Canadian Public Policy"
2002
Senate Committee home page
Final Report (available in HTML or PDF)

Committee Proceedings | Presentations from Witnessess | Conclusions | Recommendations |

Summary Report: Highlights (courtesy of CannabisLink.ca)

Related Links and information (courtesy of Frank Discussion)

Analysis by Canadian Matt Elrod (webmaster of drugsense.org)

Analysis by DRCnet.org (Drug Reform Coordination Network)
 
Baker Institute for Public Policy
"Moving Beyond the 'War on Drugs'"
2002

Moving Beyond the "War on Drugs"
Baker Institute for Public Policy 4/10/2002 - 4/11/2002

Abstract: A two-day conference at the Baker Institute for Public Policy brings together experts from multiple sides of drug policy issues. The American "War on Drugs" is highly controversial, with critics pointing to the negative effects not only of drugs but also of such measures as increased punishment, interdiction, defoliation, and the massive expenditures involved in them. Responsible figures in other countries contend that American drug policy abets rather than hinders drug production. New approaches and promising measures that appear to be effective in other countries deserve serious, open-minded consideration by key shapers of public policy.

Audio clips of the speakers: (RealPlayer)
Part 1 Edward Djerejian, William Martin, U.S. Drug Czar Asa Hutchinson, Kevin Zeese
Part 2 James Gray, Ronald Earle, Deborah Small
Part 3 Ernest Drucker, C. Stratton Hill, M.D., Robert Kampia
Part 4 Marsha Rosenbaum, William Martin
Part 5 Michael Trace, Alex Wodak, M.D., Eugene Oscapella, Peter Cohen, Francois van der Linde, M.D.
Part 6 Gina Amatangelo, Sanho Tree, Lee P. Brown, Ernest Drucker
Part 7 Ethan Nadelmann, William Martin, Edward Djerejian

John Howard Society of Canada JHS documents related to Drug Policy
2002

* Perspective on Canadian Drug Policy - Volume 1
* Perspective on Canadian Drug Policy - Volume 2
* Fact Sheet - Canadian Cannabis Policy
* Senate Cannabis Discussion Paper Reaction
* Senate Cannabis Report Reaction
* Policy for Reduction in the Misuse of Drugs
* Balance in Theory But Not in Practice: Exploring the Continued Emphasis on Supply Reduction in Canada's National Drug Control Policy
 

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The Cato Institute (U.S.)
Beyond Prohibition - An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century
1999

Beyond Prohibition - An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century
October 5, 1999 The Cato Institute Washington, DC
(*This page contains links to the transcripts of each speaker.)

Abstract:To further a more mature debate about drug policy, the Cato Institute hosted Beyond Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century. Legal scholars, former law enforcement officials, and political and social leaders gathered to discuss the harmful consequences of drug prohibition and to assess alternative policies.

Speakers: Gary Johnson, Daniel Lungren, Julie Stewart, Michael Levine, Joseph McNamara, Ethan Nadelmann, Steven Duke, Daniel Polsby

 
Policy Studies Institute
Prohibition, Public Health and a Window of Opportunity: an Analysis of Canadian Drug Policy, 1985-1997
Fischer, Benedikt. Policy Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 197-210. 1999.
 
Regulating Cannabis: Options for Control in the 21st Century (UK)
1998
Regulating Cannabis: Options for Control in the 21st Century
Regents College, London, England. September 5th 1998.
 
Canadian Government Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs
The "Le Dain Report"
1972

Interim Report - Cannabis Report


 
Other resources:
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) - LEAP Audio/Video Presentations
Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) - Prohibition-related resources from Drug Policy Alliance
 

 

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