Citing "sources familiar
with the work of the committee," the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal reported
November 28 that the special House of Commons committee on the non-medical
use of drugs will recommend that marijuana possession should be decriminalized
and that people should be allowed to grow marijuana for personal use.
A sister panel in the Canadian Senate earlier this year called for the
outright legalization of marijuana.
According to the newspaper,
the House panel's decriminalization scheme would leave pot possession illegal,
but make it punishable only by a fine -- leaving no criminal record.
The supposed recommendation
to allow growing may be the committee's way to avoid going the legalization
route. "If you're going to decriminalize marijuana, where is a person
supposed to get it?" one source told the Telegraph-Journal. The suggestion
is that people will grow their own.
According to Eugene Oscapella
of the Canadian Foundation on Drug Policy, the committee report will be
released in two stages next week. On Monday, the panel will release
the non-marijuana portion of its report, which the Telegraph-Journal said
will include support for safe-injection sites and heroin by prescription.
On Thursday, the committee will release the marijuana portion of the report.
According to Oscapella, the panel is concerned that the marijuana recommendations
will overshadow the recommendations on other drugs, thus the hard stuff
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Issue #266, 12/6/02
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