Pubdate: Thu, 23 Nov 2006
Source: NOW Magazine (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 NOW Communications Inc.
Author: Russell Barth
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal - Canada)


Re: Stoned by jury (NOW, November 16-22). As a federal medical 
marijuana licence holder who is also married to one, and as a public 
medical marijuana activist in Ottawa, I'm often asked about the laws 
regarding marijuana. No political party, not even the NDP or the 
Greens, will ever present or pass a cannabis regulation act. I 
predict that, just like abortion and same-sex marriage, Canada's 
marijuana laws will fall in the courts. If history is any indication, 
the government will then respond by throwing slapdash legislation 
together to regulate it that will please no one. In the meantime, 
gangsters, cops and government officials get what they want, the 
taxpayers pay billions every year to subsidize gangs and fill courts 
and jails, and chronically ill Canadians get stuck in the middle.

Russell Barth

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