Op-Ed: Could discussing drugs online label you a terrorist?

Posted Feb 15, 2012 by PJ Harris
Harm reduction concerning the sphere of illegal drugs in Canada is about to change big time. If you spend your days online discussing any aspect of illegal substances, your world is in for a rude awakening courtesy the Government of Canada.
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The news is out. Privacy laws in Canada are in for a huge shift. The Conservative Government of Canada is introducing new legislation that will severely hamper and endanger the conversations millions of Canadians are having in the online sphere concerning drugs.
The Globe And Mail calls it the 'snoop and spy' bill. Meant to protect a generation of children growing up in a world with a 'wild-west' Internet.
And more than likely, those having free-for-all social media chats in online forums like and are going to find that their open discussions about illegal mind-altering substances may leave them prone to a proposed Internet surveillance law that many have labeled the latest draconian measures to push Canada further into a 1984-like 'police state'.
According to The National Post, Bill C-30, being re-introduced in Parliament this week and tabled as "The Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act", will require Internet Service Providers to install mechanisms that will allow law enforcement to obtain information about websites visited and phone calls made without obtaining a warrant from a judge.
In other words, if you spend time online discussing the legalization or decriminalization of drugs, you may very well be labeled a 'terrorist'.
For the pro-drugs crowd, this new front in the War On Drugs is going to have serious repercussions.
Although it is relatively unknown at this point how these new policing measures will be implemented, you can be sure that the web is indeed closing in on all varieties of illegal drug-related 'free speech'.
It is possible that those speaking out for harm reduction will no longer have a voice for fear of being investigated as part of wider organized crime dragnet.
The real question seems to be if these new proposed laws will end up reducing the very discussion of illegal drugs to the equivalent of the consent to participate in drug trafficking. While across international jurisdictional lines there certainly will be some debate, the times are indeed changing.
If these laws are passed, the new prisons being built in Canada are sure to begin filling up, quite possibly with citizens who get caught up discussing their latest 'high' online on Twitter.
Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian spoke out against the bill on Tuesday, also in the The National Post.
“This is going to be like the Fort Knox of information that the hackers and the real bad guys will want to go after. This is going to be a gold mine.”