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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Salurday, 20, 1970 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID 23 Drug Commission Report Has Harsh Words For RCMP Methods By JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The LeDain Co mission interim report has soi harsh words for RCMP clain methods and attitudes towar the soft drug problem. It speared the Mounties' o: cial brief to the commissi for failing to substantiate o of ils claimed proofs that ma juana eventually leads users try hard drugs such as hero The RCMP advanced t "stepping-stone" theory not the grounds of addiction but the contention the drug sub-c lure encourages experimen Uon with all drugs in a sear for bigger kicks. Tiie report noted the RCJ brief claimed that its steppii stone theory was based on "two-year study of this pro Jem" which concluded: Documented eviden proves indisputably that many cases a transition heroin docs take place, but n necessarily directly and ce tainly not in every case. T transition is generally fro marijuana to hashish to mel ampthetamine (speed) and LS and then to the opiates." The LeDain Commission sha tered the RCMP's unequivoc ascertion with a single cui sentence. "We are not able to fin either the documented eviden for this conclusion nor the stud to which the force coldly observed. However, the it is reasonable to assume that some soft-drug users may switch to other drugs or use several through curiotisity, ignorance of the dangers or simply to keep up with fads. Consequently, It said multiple drug use has to be taken seriously and the commission plans to undertake its own investigation of the stepping-stone theory. The Commission also recalled that few drug cases were launched as a result of citizen complaints and it heard numerous bitter criticisms that the police used entrapment and violence to obtain evidence for launching their own prosecutions. "We believe that such methods are not only a serious violation of respect for the human person, but they are counterproductive in that they create contempt for law and law the report commented. "The price that is paid for them is far too great for any good that they may do." The Commission recommended that government order "police officers to abstain from such methods of enforcement and that the RCMP use its influence with other police forces to try to assure that there is a uniform policy in this regard." The Commission "reluctantly" conceded that use of undercover agents, informants and open-ended search wan-ants be necessary as long as there must be a serious effort to control trafficking. THESE 5 QUESTIONS t i 1 V WOULD YOU LIKE Guaranteed employmen after unsavory methods "reflect a part of the special price wlu'ch society must pay for enforcement of the drug laws" but, the commission warnec "the price may be altogether too high in the case of the o fence of simple possession." While examining enforcemen aspect, the commission also took a swipe at parliament for framing drug sections of the criminal code in such a way that simple possession of a quantity of drugs can convict for trafficking without any proo whatever of intent. This shifts the burden on jie accused, virtually compe ;ing him to testify in an to prove innocence anc violates the canons of criniina justice. "Is this departure from our general standards of protec-jon of the accused really justified by the evil to which the aw is directed and the specia difficulties of enforcement? "The Parliament of Canad las said that it is. We find it difficult to believe that this is the report said. The Commission suggested YES by various allegations of positive tie-in between a month during academic particularly by the rnefs from the RCMP and the federal solicitor general's de- YES This attitude was exemplifiec All tuition fees of criminal acts allegec to have been committed by per- YES under the influence of rugs, including such things as An allowance for tex; the HCMP and solicitor-general's department recite< statistics showing that 85 per YES of persons convicted of hard-drug offences had previous criminal records. Travel expenses for field feel it would be danger-lus to draw general conclusions rom the records of prison in- YES insofar as they cannot be considered to be a representative sample of the present popu- If your answer is yes, of drug the commission countered. ;he 2-year government-assisted program of university training designed to help students in obtaining Certificates as Dental Auxiliaries and Diplomas as Dental Hygienists. Job placement after com-jletion of the 2-year :ourse is assured by the Department of Health. MAIL THIS COUPON OR FACSIMILE FOR Whale Meat Stocks To ?e Destroyed YELLOWKNIFE (CP) -lousands of cans of whale meat will have to be destroyed at the Northwest Territories community of Rankin Inlet because of mercury content twice ic level accepted by the fed-ral government for human onsumption. Send to: Director of Dental I Health Services Department of Health Administration Building 109 St. 98 Ave. EDMONTON Commissioner Stu-t M. Hodgson made the an-ouncemenl here at the 42nd ssion of the territorial c o u n-The meal, taken from white Beluga whales at Whale Cove the west coast of Hudson address city or town is considered a delicacy southern markets. About 100 laics are killed annually at lale Cove. The frozen meat s transported CO miles north vi. PROVINCE OF qg ALBERTA DEPARTMENT OF told the cans must be because the meat con-ained .M parts per million of crcury. Acceptable level for the fed-al health department is be- depending on whether tho ood is a miner or major por-n of the diet. It said "there is a lack of adequate evidence to support the contention that the use of drugs under discussion lead significantly or generally to other forms of criminal the exception of the heroin uscrs's criminal behavior to support his habit." The report added that the Commission intends to conduct its own further investigations if Uicre is in fact ony cor-rellation between drug use and crime. Finally, the commission warned the government to avoid using the laboratories agencies in conducting scientific research into drag problems if it to close the present credibility gaps. "It is our impression that association of the law enforcement and scientific functions in the past has prejudiced research and the credibility of scientific the report government preoccupation with policy, heavily influenced by law enforcement considerations, makes it desirable that the scientific function bo given an independent status." INCREASED BENEFITS! REDUCED RATES FOR RESIDENTS WITH LOW INCOME! Important new benefits have been added to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan effective July 1st, rounding out the Health Services Program, by including Insured hospital services and optional services. of General Practitioners end Specialists at the approved schedule of fees. payment of hospital standard ward accommodation and all necessary services (the patient will be responsible for the admission refraction of the eyes for the fitting of eyeglasses now one examination available in each benefit period. on basis of for each visit family limit now per benefit period. in accordance with the approved schedule of fees. on the basis of per visit family limit for these two services now per benefit period. the Plan pays for specified services limited ta injury to or diseases of the jaw. Alberta Blue Cross NON-GROUP MEMBERSHIP is avail- able at new low rates through A.H.C.I.C. See the Alberta Blue Cross ad in this newspaper for services covered. Premium Basle Premium Rates; Single Family Subsidized Basic Premium Rates! Provincial Social Assistance Recipients Quarterly 34.50 Nil Annual 69.00 138.00 Nil Optional Services Premium Rates: Quarterly Annual Single Family 6.00 12.00 48.00 Those persons with no taxable income or receiving federal Guaranteed Income Supplement Single............. 'Family Reduced Optional Services Premium Rates: Taxable income of not more than or receiving federal Guaranteed Income Supplement Single...................... Taxable income of not more than Single............... Taxable Income of not more than 24.00 12.00 48.00 9.00 36.00 18.00 72.00 Taxable Income of not more than or receiving federal Guaranteed Income Supplement 4.50 9.00 18.09 36.00 NOTE: Provincial Social Assistance recipients will continus to receive other health services through the Department of Social Development and need not apply for Optional Health Services. family registration, combine taxable Income' of husband and wife. A pamphlet describing the changes to the Alberta carefully. Keep it for future reference. ACT NOW! If you do not have OPTIONAL HEALTH SER- VICES at the present time and wish to obtain them from the Commission, to take effect July 1st, you must obtain an application form from the Commission and return prior to JUNE 30th Health Care Insurance Plan In detail has been delivered to you. Read It IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR COPY OF THE PAMPHLET, OR IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE AN OPTIONAL HEALTH SERVICES FORM, PLEASE DETACH AND MAIL THIS COUPON. r The Optional Health Services Form D L. TO: ALBERTA HEALTH CARE INSURANCE COMMISSION BOX 1360, EDMONTON, ALBERTA Please send me the Pamphlet Check which you require. (PLEASE PRINT) Name Address ALBERTA HEALTH CARE INSURANCE COMMISSION MP BOX 1360 EDMONTON, ALBERTA ;