Cannabis Prohibition In Canada

Cannabis Prohibition In Canada

Cannabis Prohibition

At the same time, the Canadian government appointed a Commission ofInquiry into Non-Medical Use of Drugs. Many people use CBD oil for anxiety. It was known as the Le Dain Commission, the chairman being Gerald Le Dain, the dean of the Osgoode Hall Law School at Toronto’s York University. It was felt a re-assessment of the situation was required. There were no reliable statistics or accounts of cannabis use in Canada and, since it had been included with dangerous opiates in the 1961 Narcotic Control Act, it carried the same severe sentencing criteria.

Prior to 1960, Canada did not have an extensive marijuana using population, only pockets of marijuana smoking existing in the bohemian circles ofVancouver and Toronto. By the late 1960s, this had changed, due to the exodus northwards of hippies and young Americans avoiding the Vietnam draft, and the not uncommon imitation of American fashions and tastes by young Canadians who, living in a nation with no binding cultural identity, looked south for one. Marijuana use consequently expanded very rapidly indeed across the university campuses of Canada, for much the same reasons as it had in the US.

The Le Dain Commission published two reports, Cannabis in 1972 and its final report the following year. Like the Shafer Commission, it argued that marijuana possession should not be a criminal offence but, somewhat illogically, that distribution should remain a criminal act as a means of discouraging use. The Canadian government compromised, affording judges the discretion of dismissal or probation for those charged with possession with an additional option of a minimal fine which was, in practice, usually applied. Over time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police spent more of their resources attacking serious organized heroin and cocaine rings, with the resultant drop in marijuana arrests.

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