Mr. Speaker, as we all know, the justice minister recently decided to shelve the government bill to decriminalize marijuana. This is good news for those of us who have been fighting against it.
However, the last impression among our young people, according to drug treatment experts, is that the debate about decriminalizing marijuana has directly contributed to the increasing number of teenagers getting into trouble while under the influence.
According to Mike Beauchesne, clinical program director at Ottawa's Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre, “The increase in drug and alcohol abuse could be traced to public policy debates about drugs that have resulted in a more benign view of drug use. Many people have concluded from the decriminalized debate that marijuana will soon be entirely legal and is completely harmless”.
What the Liberals do not realize is that they have done a lot of damage by putting this ridiculous idea out there. How do they plan to reverse this damage and educate our youth that marijuana use is still addictive, still dangerous and still illegal?