A RCMP Report, "Responding To Organized Crime In Canada:
The Role of Media and Social Marketing Campaigns" 2005, [PDF] has been added to the Police section for the following reasons:
The September 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs allocated
a full chapter to Canadians' opinions and attitudes, the results of which help answer
the question: "Where do Canadian media stand on drugs today?" A summary analysis
was done by CannabisLink.ca who also did a partial review of the press coverage of
drugs in Canada and compared their analysis to that of the Senate's work on public
attitudes and opinions.47 They looked at news, feature stories and editorials related to
criminality. They found that most news stories on illegal drugs focus on police
operations. They concluded that, while they did not know how this information helps
shape public opinions on drugs or what impact it has on the public's demands
concerning drugs, these articles may give people the impression that the "drug problem"
is first, and foremost, an organized crime problem.
Further Reading of Police and Prohibition in Canada
*** Friends in Law Enforcement Speak Out ***
Police organizations that make a difference:
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
LEAP Speakers Bureau
October 3, 2002
Police withhold pot from patient
KILLALOE - The Ontario Provincial Police is refusing to return marijuana plants to a
cancer patient, even though the man has a federal permit.
Health Canada has told the police the man has a legal right to the pot plants.
However, police say they haven't yet decided what to do with the drugs.
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Fri, 06 Dec 2002: COPS NO DOPES, GIVE MAN'S POT BACK