Despite inadvertently referring to Canada's leader as "Premier Jacques
Chretien" last week, DRCNet knows full well that he is Prime Minister Jean
Chretien. Our apologies to our northern brethren.]
Responding to last week's
release of the Canadian Senate panel report calling for the legalization
and regulation of marijuana (), Justice Minister Maurice Cauchon told reporters
September 5 that Canada's pot laws are senseless and should be liberalized,
but that marijuana should not be made legal.
would be feasible as a first step," said Cauchon, who had made similar
remarks in July, possibly attempting to preempt the Senate report's expected
call for legalization (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/246.html#mauricecauchon).
"I feel there is strong support" for decriminalization, Cauchon said.
"To keep the law the way it is now doesn't make any sense to me in the
But he said the Senate panel
call for legalization went too far. "The legislation actually is
a sort of disconnect with Canadian reality," he claimed. He also
said international treaties would prevent Canada from moving to legalize
the weed. "The notion of legalizing marijuana is not possible from
an international point of view," he said.
This is false for at least two reasons. First, it ignores the option
of amending the drug treaties by international agreement -- a step called
for by the Senate panel. Second, it ignores the option that Canada
and any nation has of giving notice and withdrawing from the treaty.
Politics is one thing, but Canada has perfectly legal options for legalizing
marijuana or any drug without violating its treaty agreements.]
Cauchon added that he is
awaiting the report of the House committee studying the non-medical use
of drugs before moving toward a new policy. That report is due in
November. After that, Cauchon told reporters, he will move quickly
to implement decrim, possibly as early as the beginning of next year.
-- END --
Issue #254, 9/13/02
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