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Pierre Claude Nolin and medical marijuana

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Conservative senator's fight against the omnibus crime bill
Conservative Senator Pierre Claude Nolin is taking a stand against the Harper government by opposing Bill C-10, the omnibus crime bill.
 
A lawyer before Brian Mulroney appointed him to the Senate in 1993, Nolin has studied drug policy for more than a decade. His criticism of C-10 stems largely from his belief that the prohibition of marijuana in this country needs to end. He has declined to give press interviews on the matter, but he has outlined his position on several occasions, most recently in a Dec 16 speech on C-10 at the bill’s second reading in the Senate. (The complete text of the speech is below.) Nolin focused on the plight of medical marijuana users, who have remained in a legal grey zone since 1997 when the Supreme Court struck down some parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA).
 
“Where does Bill C-10 come in vis-à-vis the medical use of cannabis?” Nolin asked in his speech. “Those million Canadians must have access to the substance. It is illegal. Some of them are producing their own cannabis.”
 
Nolin referred to a Global Commission report on the war on drugs (read it below). The document was crafted by a group that includes 15 former heads of states, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, and former Canadian Supreme Court Justice Louise Arbour. The prohibition of cannabis, reads the report, is more harmful than the substance itself. These are findings confirmed by the Senate’s own examination of drug policy conducted a decade ago.
 
The Global Commission encourages governments to invest in treatment and harm-reduction efforts and to develop laws designed specifically to undermine organized crime rather than to punish users.
 
“The problem associated with prohibition of the substance is so big that tens of thousands of individuals are dying in Mexico, not because they are using the substance, but because they are trading the substance and are making money out of the trade of the substance,” Nolin said.
 
Nolin attempted to question Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Public Safety Minister Vic Toews on C-10 and the Global Commission report at the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee meeting on Feb 1, but both ministers were called away for a vote in the Commons before Nolin’s turn came up.
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Why is pot illegal?
It all started with the invention of nylon. When this miracle fiber was invented, it's biggest opponent was hemp. After giving politicians a cut on the profits of nylon they quickly agreed that cannabis was a dangerous drug and that it would be hidden in hemp fields. So by making hemp illegal they guarantied an immense profit with nylon production. From then on nobody really knows why so much fuss is going on about cannabis. Look back when the propaganda against pot started. The government said that pot grew boobs on men, that pot was an evil drug that would make people go crazy, that pot would kill everybody. The researchers put out a paper that stated the complete opposite. The government never even looked at this paper with the right interest and quickly dismissed it. Today the American attitude towards this herb was contagious and everybody believed these lies were true.

When hemp was made illegal around 2,000 American farmers almost went belly up and nobody really knew why. All this because of nylon. Some farmers lost everything.

I have a chronic pain called fibromyalgia and I also have peripheral neuropathy. The doctors prescribed for me, Gabapentin and Lyrica. These drugs almost killed me by attacking directly my nervous system. Cannabis, on the other hand, is a natural relaxant that makes my pain fade away. I assure you that nobody on this earth has the right to deprive me from feeling better.

I am for the legalisation of medical marijuana and the control of social use of this substance.

Hemp production would be void of most restrictions and this miracle natural fiber could still be our main source of textile. Hemp seed oil is one of the most beneficial oils for human consumption. Growing hemp is also a great way to clean the air and reboot the soil. This plant consumes toxins and releases nice matter in the ground.

This said I strongly encourage the government to take off their blinders and allow a fair trial for cannabis.

Thank you!!
Prohibition of Cannabis
is an act of pure evil. Criminalization is an act of violence against all Canadian citizens.
Who Watches The Watchmen?
Stephen Harper, Rob Nicholson and Vic Toews should be banished from Canada!
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