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 Interview with Susan Boyd, activist, researcher and writer on drug policy
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We speak with Susan Boyd about the Conservatives latest mandatory minimum bill (Bill c-15), how this fits into their large drug policy and the impact of these policies on women.
Emily Aspinwall, Stark Raven Media Collective

You may have received the message in the mail. With a stark photo of a needle next to an empty swing in a playground, the Tories play on fear. Their message seems simple and tempting. Getting tough is the way to deal with drugs.

Bill C-15 is their latest incarnation of this Tough on Crime approach. One of the main things in Bill C-15 is more mandatory minimums for possessing drugs, including growing as few as 5 marijuana plants.

Backed with a moral and ideological agenda, the reality of these get tough approaches has a particularly harsh impact on women.

To help us explore Bill-C15 and the this kind of drug policy has on women Stark Raven speaks with Susan Boyd.

Susan is a activist, researcher and writer on drug policy. She is a professor at the University of Victoria with a special interest on the gendered implications of drug policy.

In response to the Harper governments tough on crime measures, Susan wrote a letter a week for 52 weeks to Stephen Harper and documented them at

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00:24:56 English 2009-06-08
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