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e-2824 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Jessica Brown from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • RCMP planned gross spending for 2019-20 is $5.1 billion with 0.5% forecasted increase for FTEs to support cannabis policing;
  • Up to $274 million was announced for law enforcement regarding cannabis legalization, $113 million of which was budgeted between the RCMP, Canada Border Service Agency, and Public Safety Canada over five years;
  • Canadian governments earned $186 million from excise taxes and general taxes on goods and services directly related to the sale of cannabis within 5.5 months of legalization;
  • Excise tax revenues are estimated at $66 million in fiscal year 2019-20;
  • BIPOC communities face disproportionate discrimination and criminalization for cannabis-related activities;
  • In Toronto, from 2007-2017, 25% of those arrested for simple cannabis possession were Black, despite Toronto’s Black population only being 8.4%, and equivalent usage rates among whites;
  • Indigenous people account for 30% of Canada’s inmates while comprising only 3.8% of the population;
  • Policing, judicial, and correctional systems are failing BIPOC in Canada; and
  • BIPOC communities face disproportionate barriers to entering the legal cannabis industry related to federal/provincial licensing.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada and cannabis industry stakeholders, call upon the Government of Canada to reallocate the total revenues from the cannabis excise tax, and corresponding amount from previously promised law enforcement funding, to develop a department for the equality of Black, Indigenous, and people of colour. This department would oversee and allocate funding for community initiatives including:
- harm reduction andeducation programs;
- PTSD treatment programs;
- community revitalization programs; and
- the creation of a business development program with the express mandate of creating and funding opportunities for BIPOC in the regulated cannabis sector.
Open for signature
September 15, 2020, at 3:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2021, at 3:13 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre)
April 21, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00851)
Photo - Matthew Green
Hamilton Centre
New Democratic Party Caucus
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