Jonathan Kay: Canada should stand against Washington’s failed war on drugs

National Post | Full Comment

Today marks the release of a new report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a reform-minded group that includes many name-brand political figures and policy-makers from across the world. One of its advisors is Canada’s own Evan Wood, a doctor who works at a hospital in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside — perhaps the best vantage point in Canada from which to observe the human toll in the war on drugs. (Please see Mr. Wood’s column in the National Post here.)

“Gang members engaged in drug supply and distribution arrive in the emergency room bloody and panicked, after being shot, stabbed or beaten,” he writes. “On the demand side, impurities and adulterants stemming from basement drug labs and uncertainties regarding potency keep emergency personnel busy responding to drug overdoses.”

No matter what one’s position on the war on drugs, it is important to state at the outset: Street drugs ruin…

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