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Students For Sensible Drug Policy

by tedsmith » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:25 am

Canadian Students for Sensible
Drug Policy

For Immediate Release

Media Conference:
Thursday March 10, 2011
10:00 a.m. EDT
Charles Lynch Theatre (Room 130-S)
Parliament Centre Block


Ottawa, March 8, 2011 – A national youth and student organization is meeting with
Members of Parliament this week to discuss reforms to criminal justice policy. Canadian
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) is holding their annual Lobby Day this
Thursday, March 10th. The event provides youth and students an opportunity to come to
Parliament Hill and bring drug policy issues to the attention of Members of Parliament
across all parties.

The theme for this Lobby Day is the impact of criminalization on young people. People
25 and under represent the largest group of illegal drug users, and those charged for
illegal drug crimes in Canada. With the current focus of a ‘tough on crime’ agenda,
CSSDP wants to highlight the impacts that this focus on criminalization has on young

“We are concerned that the gains made in providing alternatives to simple punitive
approaches to dealing with youth crime will be undone. We have seen that the ‘tough on
crime’ agenda’s approach is to ignore evidence and hide the costs, like with Bill S-10 and
other legislation,” states CSSDP’s executive director Caleb Chepesiuk. “CSSDP is
calling for the government to implement real reform and not simply increase the
‘toughness’ of Canadian policy. Canadian federal policy needs to recognize the failures
of the criminal law to address many issues young people face.”

During the meetings delegates will discuss these impacts, and present ways politicians
can reduce the impacts of failing policies. “The CSSDP Lobby Day will highlight that
there are not only large financial costs to punitive based policies, but also large social
costs, particularly on the young people politicians are claiming to be protecting. Youth
and students across the country are very concerned about this, and we’re encouraging all
young people across Canada to voice their concerns to their politicians.”

CSSDP will be holding a press conference to mark the 2011 Lobby Day.
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by tedsmith » Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:42 am

This press release is from a international group of youth organizations. ... r3rhfb3yms
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by tedsmith » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:51 pm ... bisprogram

For Immediate Release

Youth and Student Group Question Proposed Changes to Medical Marijuana

Ottawa, July 27 2011 - A national youth and student group is questioning
some of the proposed changes to Canada"s federally regulated medical
marijuana program. Health Canada proposed several changes to the Medical
Marihuana Access Regulations (MMAR) in order to 'protect communities and
young people.' Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) made a
submission to Health Canada today that questioned the effectiveness of the
proposed changes, and called for extensive review with

"Reform of the MMAR is needed. What Health Canada has proposed so far is a
mix of positive and negative steps. While CSSDP is encouraged by some
changes, the positives are outweighed by changes which will not achieve
the desired outcomes," says CSSDP executive director Caleb Chepesiuk. "The
Minister of Health contends that the proposed changes will protect young
people, but as students and young people we cannot agree with this.
"For instance, the proposal to eliminate the Personal Production License
(PPL) is a major change to the current program. But this change will do
nothing to decrease the amount of cannabis that will be available to young
people. Prohibition policies created a thriving underground cannabis
market long before the PPL program existed. Eliminating the PPL program
will only impact those in our communities who use cannabis medically and
prefer or need to grow their own medicine. The proposed changes will do
nothing to prevent young people from having access to or using cannabis."

"The first step for Health Canada must be to continue working with
stakeholders in addressing the serious problems with the proposed
changes," states CSSDP network director Shauna MacEachern. "Health Canada
must engage in meaningful consultations to address the problems,
especially with people who use cannabis medically and current providers of
medical cannabis. Also, if young people are going to be evoked as a reason
for these reforms, than young people should be at the table too."

CSSDP welcomes the changes aimed at getting the government out of the
medical cannabis industry and eliminating the sole-source contract
approach. However, the organization is not convinced the reforms offered
are enough to end the repeated court cases that have found serious
problems with the federal program.

"There is also no recognition of the successful operation of medical
cannabis dispensaries. Medical cannabis dispensaries have become a
preferred option for people to access not only medicine but also
additional help and support. The medical cannabis industry is taking steps
to create certification standards, yet they are ignored in the proposed
changes. Instead the proposed changes only offer vague insight into a plan
for licensed commercial producers."

To read CSSDP"s full submission: ... 202011.pdf

For more information please contact

Caleb Chepesiuk, Executive Director


Shauna MacEachern, Network Director


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