Policy Brief on Cannabis

Organized Crime in the Cannabis Market: Evidence and Implications

Claims that portray Canada’s current and pre-existing cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime have the potential to misinform government policy and the direction of legislative reform. This briefing note…

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Harm Reduction Saves Lives

Drug Policy and Harm Reduction

For World AIDS Day 2016  we are featuring our policy brief relating HIV/AIDS to harm reduction and drug policy. Brought to you by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and the HIV/AIDS…

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Full Report Respect for Communities Act:

Respect for Communities Act: The Case for Repeal and Q&A

The so-called Respect for Communities Act was passed in 2015 in the last Parliament, with the clear goal of impeding the expansion of supervised consumptions services (scs). The Act is…

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Civil Society Statement to the National Opioid Summit

Canada is in the midst of an opioid overdose crisis. This statement outlines concerns that civil society organizations have about the emerging federal, provincial and territorial response to this crisis…

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Cannabis Regulation and the UN Drug Treaties: Strategies for Reform

As jurisdictions enact reforms creating legal access to cannabis for purposes other than exclusively “medical and scientific,” tensions surrounding the existing UN drug treaties and evolving law and practice in…

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10 Points We Want Canada to Push For at the United Nations

On April 19 – 21, 2016 the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Drugs, (UNGASS) took place in New York City. For the first time in nearly 20 years, the…

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Canadian Drug Policy Coalition/Canadian HIV / AIDS Legal Network Policy Briefs

Harm Reduction Brief Canada is known around the world as a leader in harm reduction. It is host to the first, and only supervised consumption site in North America, Insite,…

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Challenging Drug Prohibition

This report is a summation of a public forum of the same name held on May 17, 2014 at Harbour Centre, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The event was a…

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The Vienna Declaration

A major focus of the International AIDS Conference in Vienna July 18 – 23, 2010 is the prevention of HIV as a result of injection drug use within the context of criminalization…

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Statement to the Bill C-2 Hearings

Bill C-2, also known as the Respect for Communities Act, was first introduced to the House of Commons on October 18, 2013. The bill is the government’s response to the September 2011…

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In Memory of Raffi Balian February 22, 2017

Raffi Balian passed away on February 16, 2017 Raffi was one of the founding members of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition (CDPC). He was very excited that the founding group…

How to Help the Opioid Crisis December 21, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we reflect on the tragedy that continues to unfold in Canada; the unprecedented numbers of deaths from drug overdoses this year. At CDPC, we…

World AIDS Day 2016 – Three Papers To... December 1, 2016

World AIDS Day 2016 is on December 1st. View three important publications relating HIV/AIDS to harm reduction and drug policy. We will continue to work towards the equitable, safe and dignified treatment…