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legalization of marijuana

Legalization of marijuana refers to repealing the current drugs laws that make it a criminal offence to possess, traffic, produce, import or export marijuana in Canada. It would also likely mean that it would be regulated and controlled by the government, much like alcohol and tobacco. Note that legalization is not the same as decriminalization of marijuana?, where marijuana would remain a prohibited substance but the possibility of a criminal record for its possession is removed.


Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in Canada.

Position: Marijuana prohibition is unjust and illegitimate and must be repealed.

The British Columbia Marijuana Party(external link)

The persecution of the cannabis community has had terrible consequences. We have criminalized millions of our fellow Canadians, merely because they prefer cannabis to coffee, or wine. Along the way, we've spent millions of taxpayer dollars - succeeding only in creating a vast black market economy. Marijuana prohibition does not reduce demand. Nor, apparently, does it reduce supply. In other words, prohibition is a completely failed social policy. Yet our leaders, including the BC Liberal government, are not advocating for repeal. Instead, they want to ramp up prohibition - to institute a US-style war on cannabis. This prohibitionist mindset must be stopped.

And the prohibitionist mindset does not end at merely persecuting the cannabis culture. Other marginalized groups are victims of societal intolerance, and the BCMP is ready to stand up for their rights. We are a party of inclusion. We respect people and our differences.

Position: Marijuana should be kept illegal.

  • if it is legalized, its use will increase
but it is better than cigeritts and alcohol
Related issues:
foreign policy, health, tourism, trade

External links:
Cannabis Law Reform in Canada — 2002-2005(external link)


HEADING FOR AXIS OF OPPOSITES

(Newest development as of August 03/05)

Embryo of a Bill for the

Ministry of Reconciliation

INTRODUCTION

Since the United Nations adopted a list of illegal drugs in 1948, there has been a systematic deployment of a confrontation, which has developed into the war on drugs. It goes on, being perpetuated in the fields of addictions, at the expense of the public purse, spreading its confrontational damages over two generations now, through out the earth. As a result, there is ongoing multiplication of the confrontations amongst families, neighbours, communities and nations. The costs to individual and communal peace are perpetuating the state of cultural and social divisions such, that the human and the economic costs have gone on spiralling in the wrong direction. This vicious circle has decayed democratic societies from the inside out and keeps the doors wide open to the entity of terror-anti-terror to feasting off all sides at the same time, for the benefit of the very, very few. Governments and the people must join forces to transfer all resources that are going into the war on drugs and to invest them into the individual and communal victory over stress and compulsive behaviours.

Motion of the Bill for the Ministry of Reconciliation

“WE the citizens of Canada and of all Nations who care to join, declare our resolution to endorse and to move with our resources from out of the war on drugs and to deploy ourselves with our resources, into the victory over stress and compulsive behaviours. We do so to provide to individuals, families and the communities of the member Nations, with the common ground and with the framework to set in motion The Ministry of Reconciliation. The Ministry of reconciliation is the instrument by which we, the people of the participating Countries, take on the right we have, to fulfil our needs to host, to develop and to deploy the Faculty of Living with our tax money that now go in the war on drugs. The itinerary of the motion is to secure the passage from self-destruction to self-control to community self-government. I -------, hereby pledge my personal interest into the Ministry of Reconciliation, to establish and to deploy the victory over personal and community stress and compulsive behaviours, in the simplicity of good health and happiness.”

Signed: ------ Date: ------ Address: ---- Ph # ---------

From this embryo, I aim to open a 24 hrs/day community centre that will bring together the alliance between mental health and restorative justice. For further reading on how I am deploying, please visit: http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?comment=2913(external link) and: http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?comment=2911(external link) and: http://www.knowledgeboard.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?comment=2910(external link) and http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/brune....bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/brunel/U1590685(external link)
Truly, Benoit Couture

(paper presented to the official SUFA review of 2002 and 2005)

Marijuana Position

The talks are on officially in the Senate. A position will be adopted on how to proceed to allow the recreational use of marijuana. The choice has always been simple, when it comes to substances. It is a personal choice between re-creational use or wreck-creational use.
Economically and politically, the knowledge learned from the prohibition and legalisation of alcohol, has to serve to make sure the same mistakes are not repeated. Too much wreck-creation is taking place and the re-creation is mostly left to evaporate with the fumes.
The wreck-creation qualities are what rule in the underground, feeding the disease of addiction. The wrecking process usually starts out of curiosity, goes on for fun and, depending on a zillion factors of circumstances and personality, it becomes instituted as a “personal right to self destruction”, that builds into a personality trait that gets to rule really fast upon other traits. The speed at which it grows is fueled by the denial to the simple fact that: “if one does not enjoy life without stimulant substances, then there is a problem.”
In large majority, the users of cannabis seek out T.H.C. for the euphoric effect it produces upon the mind-nervous relationship.
It causes the double effect of anesthetizing what can be called the pain of living or cerebral rheumatisms or whatever one calls the difficulty to cope with the present in his life. It also stimulates the sense of perception.
When one learns to use it with prescribed discipline, without abuse, it becomes recreational in the therapeutic sense. It stimulates the acquisition of the taste for health.
I’ve seen al lot of people decrease their use to the point of elimination, after switching to that therapeutic transition. The first step if to determine what amount is needed to produce the “high” and not cause a “stone”. That is the core lesson to learn about its use, if we are going to NOT repeat the alcohol-legalizing syndrome.
If we are going to touch the marijuana issue officially, then lets do it with all the experience of the ones who have struggled through their addiction and made the transition successfully toward a balanced life. All must first create the framework to bring on the legalisation of re-creational use within the strict boundaries to stimulate the acquisition for health.
I can see some people needing to consume all their life because their taste for health can only be kept up with it. That’s fine, within the health context, not the wreck. I have yet to meet a consumer who disagrees with this position. Most can’t believe that common sense can, nor will prevail, so that makes it hard for them to be serious. The only ones that I met who are opposed are the ones who still believe that marijuana is evil in itself or, those who profit in the wrecking dispositions of the underground market of also the ones who fear them.
It is foremost a tremendous opportunity to launch a local “national citizenship retreat”. A time to reach the acceptable disposition locally, to transfer the global resources that go in the war on drugs, into the retreat and its spin offs.
The first wave of the movement needed is: “the healing of the meaning”. This is the exercise to establish the cultural process for the refining of thoughts, living and relating.
The healing of the meaning is the discipline of drawing near for the purpose of contracting and bonding, as opposed to talking to keep our distance from each other.
Once engaged to heal the meaning, any conversation we enter, is to see each other through to communion. Agreeing to disagree is the bottom line below which, we can never allow any dynamics to reach. Canada is already built on that. What’s left to achieve, is the culture to consolidate the consensus process.
Well executed, as the transition from the “wreck” to the “re” sets in, it has the potential to bring democracy up to date in the maturing of inter personal bonds by giving way to the Spirit of consensus, without which democracy remains divided in unto itself.
I am asking you to support the following motion: “In order to develop the conversion of the war on drugs in Canada, into an investment to generate the victory on stress, toward the peace and the healing where needed individually and collectively, we hereby support the movement named: Cleansing our Vision of the Crown”. This is the movement launched to bring to maturity the “Ministry of Reconciliation”. Benoit Couture




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