4.9 Ending the war on drugs

Between 2008 and 2011, according to the Department of Justice, Canada spent $311 million targeting illicit drugs, with a majority of that money going to law enforcement. Most of that was for the ‘war’ against cannabis (marijuana). Marijuana prohibition is also prohibitively costly in other ways, including criminalizing youth and fostering organized crime. Cannabis prohibition, which has gone on for decades, has utterly failed and has not led to reduced drug use in Canada.

The Green Party of Canada was the first party in Canada to call for legalization of adult use of marijuana. Greens believe that drug addictions should be treated as a health problem, not as criminal offences.

Green Party MPs will:

  • Create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small, independent growers;

  • Launch a public consultation on the decriminalization of illicit drugs, considering the current high costs of the law enforcement effort;

  • Provide increased funding to safe injection sites, treatment facilities, and addict rehabilitation.