New Canadian Prime Minister
Paul Martin, who replaced Jean Chretien today, supports Chretien's cannabis
decriminalization bill and will allow members of parliament (MPs) to vote
on it next month, his spokesmen told reporters in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday.
But that vote will be a "free vote," where MPs are not bound by party discipline,
and enough ruling Liberal Party MPs could vote against it to kill it.
The Chretien decriminalization
bill would remove criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of
marijuana, but would increase penalties for all but the smallest marijuana
grow ops. It has received a lukewarm reception from marijuana reform
advocates, while exciting opposition from the US government.
And US Ambassador Paul Cellucci
was quick to respond to the latest noises. "Our concern is the perception
of this is that this is a weakening of the law... that it will be easier
to get marijuana in Canada," said Cellucci -- who must be visiting the
wrong parts of Canada if he finds it difficult to find marijuana now.
"Our customs and immigration officers, they're law-enforcement officers.
If they think it's easier to get marijuana in Canada, they're going to
be on the lookout," he told the Toronto Sun.
Parliamentary vote or not,
the issue could well be rendered moot by legal action. The Canadian
Supreme Court is currently considering a trio of cases that challenge the
government's ability to regulate marijuana possession. The decision
in that group of cases could come any day.
-- END --
Issue #315, 12/12/03
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