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NCJ Number: 170578 Find in a Library
Title: Prohibition as the Art of Political Diplomacy: The Benign Guises of the "War on Drugs" in Canada Control (From New War on Drugs: Symbolic Politics and Criminal Justice Policy, P 157-175, 1998, Eric L. Jensen and Jurg Gerber, eds. -- See NCJ-170568)
Author(s): B Fischer
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Although there is significant support in Canada for drug policies that reflect a medical model of the problem, the laws that are enacted will continue to reflect the prohibition model, largely because of the diplomatic and political influence of the United States in promoting the prohibition model.
Abstract: Canada's modernized prohibition drug law embodied in Bill C- 8 will largely defy central principles of public health, rational pharmacology, and a cost-effective response to issues of drug use, drug markets, and related social and health problems. It will also ignore the drug policy lessons that other nations such as Australia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Germany have learned regarding the efficacy and negative spillover effects of legal repression on public health, safety, and the cost- effectiveness of public policy within the last decade. The reasons for Canada's unsuccessful efforts of law reform in incorporating the medical model of drug abuse include the strong diplomatic pressure of American prohibition ideology. Although many Canadian politicians and even an increasing number of law enforcement officials are criticizing current prohibition practices, a major and formal move away from criminal drug-use repression would have to be launched against enormous American pressure and sanctions. The current Canadian developments regarding drug policy also bear witness to the reality that the political governance of psychoactive substances reflects institutional interests, bureaucratic inertia, and political scapegoating, especially in socially, economically, and politically unstable times. 1 note
Main Term(s): Drug Policy
Index Term(s): Canada; Drug laws; Foreign laws; Law reform; Political influences
Note: DCC.
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