The majority of Canadians want some kind of change to marijuana laws. That’s according to the government’s own opinion poll done last year, commissioned by the Department of Justice, showed that 37.3% of Canadians believe that marijuana should be legalized, while 33.4% want the laws changed to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana leading to a fine rather than a criminal record.
But this week Conservative party leader Stephen Harper publicly stated the majority of Canadians agree with him, and don’t want to legalize marijuana.
Harper has also made it clear that he does not agree with safe-injection sites, like the one we have here in Vancouver.
Conservative Party’s proposed three-step Anti-Drug Plan, if re-elected:
- Increases resources for RCMP’s clandestine laboratory teams in order to target the production of illegal drugs, including grow-ops.
- Renew the mandate of the mental health commission of Canada and ask the commission to prioritize research on the links between substance abuse and mental health
- Government will support a national toll-free help line for parents who are concerned about their kids. The hotline will provide parents with the advice and guidance to recognize the signs of drug use and to prevent their children from using drugs in the first place.
Listen to the full statement:
Harper then tweeted out a video, reiterating his stance on drugs.