Vancouver (January 18, 2013) – The Liberal Party of Canada (BC) today released a draft policy paper on the legalization of marijuana that will be presented at this weekend’s provincial policy conference in Surrey.
The paper has been prepared in partnership with the Young Liberals of Canada since federal delegates from across the country voted one year ago this week at the Party’s Biennial Policy Convention in favour of a policy resolution to:
- legalize marijuana, regulate and tax its production, distribution and use
- invest in prevention and education programs to promote awareness of the health risks and consequences of marijuana use and dependency – especially amongst youth
- extend amnesty to Canadians convicted of simple and minimal marijuana possession
- work with provinces and municipalities on a coordinated regulatory approach
In addition to capturing progress over the past year, the LPC-BC paper (https://bc.liberal.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/39/2013/01/DRAFT-Marijuana-Policy-Paper-Jan-13.pdf) answers a list of legitimate questions Canadians have regarding the impact of implementing this policy. Some are answered in one sentence. Others are more complex and require ongoing dialogue. 36 questions are been identified in five categories:
- International Response
- Public Health
Emerging from the answers to these questions is the foundation for a new legal framework that responds to the approved resolution and includes specific recommendations for discussion.