WHEREAS scientific evidence indicates that marijuana use is hazardous to health and is addictive;

AND WHEREAS an evaluation of the relevant research on the medical use of marijuana does not support marijuana as a prescribable medicine;

AND WHEREAS Minister of Justice Martin Cauchon has announced his intention to decriminalize marijuana under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA), so as to render its use a minor offence similar to that of receiving a traffic ticket;

AND WHEREAS the law serves as a guideline to the conscience so that to many, that which is legal is acceptable, which results in the wider use of marijuana should it be decriminalized;

BE IT RESOLVED that marijuana use not be decriminalized and that it remain a major offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that deterrent legislation against marijuana use be accompanied by well-funded education programs, treatment centres, and the effective enforcement of the law.