Canada's House of Commons Debates Medical Marijuana 3/5/99

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The Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy reported on March 3, 1999, that Canada's House of Commons would begin a debate on legalization of medical marijuana on Thursday, March 4, at 5:30pm, focusing on a motion by MP Bernard Bigras. The motion reads as follows:

M-381 - March 25, 1998 - Mr. Bigras (Rosemont) - "That, in the opinion of this House, the government should undertake all necessary steps to legalize the use of marijuana for health and medical purposes."

The debate on the motion is limited to three hours. The first hour of debate will occur on March 4, with the remainder on two separate days to be announced later. Since this is a "votable" motion, there will be a vote after the debate. If the majority of MPs support the motion, it will create pressure on the federal government to take legislative steps to legalize the use of marijuana for health and medical purposes.

House of Commons transcripts and media reports about the announcement by the federal Minister of Health that he has asked his officials to develop a plan that will include clinical trials for medical marijuana, appropriate guidelines for its medical use and access to a safe supply of this drug can be found on CFDP's web site at http://fox.nstn.ca/~eoscapel/cfdp/mar399hc.htm. The site also contains links to research and other reports on medicinal marijuana.

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