The War on Drugs: Is it Time for a Ceasefire?

H. Archibald Kaiser

Abstract


Canadian criminal law has many functions, some of which are well accepted, while others are an obvious overreach. The criminalization of non-prescription drugs is often seen as damaging, futile, heavy-handed, and counterproductive.

In this lecture, we will review the many levels of harm that have been caused by the reflexive deployment of the criminal law. We will present policy alternatives and discuss the possibilities of how a ceasefire could address the risks of production, distribution and use of currently illicit substances.

Keywords


Criminal Law; Controlled Drugs and Substances

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