Report From Canada’s Justice Dept: Alternatives to Drug Criminalization

PDF: Let’s Talk About Criminalizing Drug Possession and Use: Different Policy Approaches and International Alternatives

Canada’s Department of Justice apparently has a series of internal reports called “Provocative Papers Series.” The idea seems to be to present radical ideas and approaches to criminal justice issues, and one such paper argues for alternatives to harsh, punitive drug laws.

I got this November 2015 draft of Let’s Talk About Criminalizing Drug Possession and Use: Different Policy Approaches and International Alternatives via an Access to Information Act request. Honestly, it’s a pretty basic introduction to the concepts of decriminalization, harm reduction, evidence-based approaches, etc. People familiar with drug policy issues won’t find any new facts or ideas here, although it’s a decent overview for people new to the concepts. The report is important because it was written and circulated within a high-level government agency.

Technical notes: I ran text-recognition on the PDF, so it’s now searchable, indexable, etc. The size of the file is a ridiculous 96 megs for 33 pages, but optimizing, reducing file size, etc. make it even harder to read than it already is.


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