Mounties Back Canadian Marijuana Decriminalization Effort 5/7/99

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(reprinted from the NORML Foundation, http://www.norml.org)

May 6, 1999, Ottawa, Ontario: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced their support for a recent proposal to remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The RCMP said they "fully support" the position adopted last month by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in favor of decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses. The CACP recommended that first time marijuana offenders receive a ticket and pay a small fine in lieu of arrest or criminal penalties.

Their proposal persuaded MP Keith Martin (Reform Party-Esquimalt) to introduce legislation in the House of Commons last week that would decriminalize marijuana.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751. The RCMP's and CACP's position statements appear online at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/html/rcmp-cacp99.htm.

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