In Canada, the main groups of doctors have declared that they will not participate in the upcoming Health Canada’s anti-drug campaign that targets young people.
A joint statement which was released recently by the CFPC (College of Family Physicians of Canada), CMA (Canadian Medical Association) and the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada reported that the educational campaign has become a political football on the marijuana policy of Canada now. It also states that they did not, and will not, endorse or support any political messaging, anti-drug campaign or political advertising on this problem.
The release also said all the three organizations were invited to co-brand and offered expert advice on this public anti-drug campaign, funded and initiated by Health Canada. This means that the groups will have their logos along with emblazoned endorsements on all the advertising.
Justin Trudeau, Liberal Leader said that he wanted to see marijuana legalized, regulated and taxed, a stance which has drawn the Conservative government’s ire however applause from marijuana activists. It was emphasized that they will continue to work for enhancing public education and increasing awareness of the health risks of alcohol and drug consumption by young people of Canada.
Conservative government of Stephen Harper has come out hard against this stand taken on pot by Justin Trudeau (Liberal Leader), who has said that he favours controlling and legalization of the drug. The Conservative Party released an ad earlier this week that indicates Trudeau’s stance will make it easier for children to have marijuana.
Julian Fantino, the retired police officer and the Conservative minister of veterans affairs distributed a flyer recently in his Toronto area riding attacking Trudeau. Flyer of Fantino said the that Liberal leader’s first order in business is to make accessibility of marijuana easier to minors and the Liberals want to make purchasing marijuana an everyday, normal activity for young citizen of Canada
Trudeau also said that marijuana should be taxed and regulated similar to liquor sales. When Trudeau was asked to clarify about his thought about marijuana, he said that Marijuana is not a health food supplement and not great for you, however as many studies have indicated it is not worse for you as alcohol or cigarettes certainly. The decline of anti-drug campaign by the doctors has resulted in another political issue in Canada