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Health committee  Yes, I think 30 grams is a reasonable amount, and that anything over that might be subject to something more than just confiscation, but not a criminal record.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  My view is that this is part of the reason I supported decriminalization as the first—

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  Yes, I understand. Let me clarify what my suggestion is. I'm not suggesting decriminalization replace legalization. I'm proposing that as a first step, which will then offer a lot of benefits to making legalization simple. I say let's decriminalize; let's make this a little sim

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  Mr. DeVillaer, please. Thank you.

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  I think there are some positive aspects of Bill C-45 arising from the task force report. For example, it looks as if the direction we're going in is that advertising for cannabis products will only be allowed in places frequented by adults. That would include cannabis retail outl

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  The first thing is certainly the number—the tens of thousands—of Canadians who are continuing to receive criminal records. As someone has already pointed out, in the great majority of cases, these criminal records will do far more harm than the use of cannabis. This type of decri

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  It's a really good question. People have written about this. One of the popular models—and the group from Quebec, I think, is very much in favour of this—is something that is found in a number of European countries where they have small co-ops. These are user-run co-ops that pay

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  The only point I would add is that there's something I've found we hear a lot and I find a bit strange. We frequently hear the comment that it's easier for young people to get cannabis than alcohol and tobacco. The reality is that the studies say exactly the opposite. Specifica

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer

Health committee  Mr. Chairman, committee members, I bring to this presentation 40 years of experience in the prevention and treatment of drug problems. I've been a counsellor, a community developer, a teacher and a policy analyst. I think my interest is really in drug policy broadly defined to in

September 14th, 2017Committee meeting

Michael DeVillaer