Health Minister Tony Clement will announce it’s anti-drug strategy this week with a stark warning: “the party’s over” for illicit drug users.
“In the next few days, we’re going to be back in the business of an anti-drug strategy,” Clement told The Canadian Press.
The truly assinine part, Clement seems posed to target marijuana:
Shortly after taking office early last year, the Conservatives decided not to go ahead with a Liberal bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Since then, the number of people arrested for smoking pot has jumped dramatically in several Canadian cities, in some cases jumping by more than one third.
Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Halifax all reported increases of between 20 and 50 per cent in 2006 of arrests for possession of cannabis, compared with the previous year.
As a result thousands of people were charged with a criminal offence that, under the previous Liberal government, was on the verge of being classified as a misdemeanour.
Police forces said many young people were under the impression that the decriminalization bill had already passed and were smoking up more boldly than they’ve ever done before.
Clement says his government wants to clear up the uncertainty
“There’s been a lot of mixed messages going out about illicit drugs,” Clement said in an interview Saturday after a symposium designed to bring together Canada’s arts and health communities to combat mental health issues.
There’s also a health-care cost element to suggesting to young people that using illicit drugs is OK, the minister said.
“The fact of the matter is they’re unhealthy,” Clement said.
“They create poor health outcomes.”
Planning to outlaw cheeseburgers too? I don't need an out of shape PM, who's arteries are more clogged than the 401 at 8am, telling me what's good for my health.
Just when the Canadian government was starting to treat a "soft" drug like adults, instituting a policy of consistency, when compared with legal forms of "abuse", the Conservatives enter the scene, prepared to save us all from ourselves. How many times has this approach been tried and failed, failed badly? What a complete and utter waste of time. Focus on the really bad characters, I can't believe we have to endure another "war on drugs".