Benedikt Fischer, a health sciences professor at Simon Fraser University, has just co-authored a new book evaluating current marijuana prohibition systems -- and considering alternatives that might actually work.
Last February, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his government's new anti-drug strategy. It amounted to a number of stricter penalties, including mandatory jail sentences for conducting large-scale grow-ops and an increase in maximum prison terms from seven to 14 years.
The message was a loud and clear reinforcement of the status-quo: Prohibition works.
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