Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Canada Back on Track
Canadian Prime Minister, Paul Martin, announced that his government is committed to removing criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. A bill to decriminalize the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana was put on hold during the Canadian elections, but will be reintroduced to Parliament.
This move does not mean that marijuana will be legal in Canada. People caught with up to 15 grams of pot will be given a ticket, and those with more will be dealt harsher punishments.
Opponents of the measure are using their same, tired, baffling argument that because marijuana consumption has increased under prohibition, it can only increase more under decriminalization. One concern I do share with the opponents of this proposal are the long lines it could create at the border between Canada and the U.S. Hopefully this will inspire border states to pass similar decriminalization measures.