The Emergence of the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition

by Donald MacPherson on January 8, 2012

Welcome to 2012 which I hope will be a great year full of positive change and forward movement towards creating a better world and better drug policies for Canada. Here we go! It has been a while since I have been able to get to my own personal blog as I have been crazy busy working with a number of other folks across the country to launch the new Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. The Coalition is a national civil society organization working towards improving Canada’s drug policies and will be coming to a neighbourhood near you in the coming months.

In May of 2009 representatives of 30 NGOs in Canada came together to discuss the need for a strong civil society movement to advocate for improvements to Canada’s drug policies. After two days of hard work the following vision was agreed upon and a core group of us set out to raise funds to develop the organization:

“The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition envisions a safe, healthy and just Canada in which drug policy and legislation as well as related institutional practice are based on evidence, human rights, social inclusion and public health”

In March of 2011 a number of organizations convened in Ottawa to officially launch the organization and develop priorities for action. Thanks to funding from the MAC AIDS FUND and the Global Drug Policy Fund at Open Society we have been able to develop a website and begin a series of public discussions on drug policy across the country.

Check out our new website at www.drugpolicy.ca to see what we are up to and please join us in this work. You can participate in a number of ways including being on our mailing list, volunteering to help on various projects, sending some funds our way, and if you really want to get involved organize some public dialogue events in your community. We would love to help with that. We also would love to hear your ideas on how to generate a new drug policy for Canada that reflects the vision outlined above. So give us a shout and keep in touch as we move forward into 2012 and beyond.

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