Canada’s Continuing Cannabis Conundrum

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Quebecers break ranks with Canada, and oppose legal weed: poll

The federal government’s plan to legalize marijuana has split the country, with most Quebecers opposed to the idea, a new survey suggests.

The CROP survey, conducted for Radio-Canada May 11-23, suggests that 54 per cent of the 2,536 respondents across Canada are in favour of legalizing marijuana. But in Quebec, 54 per cent of respondents were opposed to the idea, with one-third of respondents saying they are extremely opposed. Elsewhere in Canada, that extreme opposition drops to one respondent out of five.

Young Canadians are the most favourable to the legalization of marijuana, with two-thirds of respondents age 18-34 expressing support for the legislation. The biggest worry nationally over legalization was that accidents caused by those driving while impaired by the drug would increase, with 60 per cent of those surveyed expressing that concern. For More

Task-force leader on legalizing marijuana urges prohibition, for now

But the former minister of public safety, health and justice in the Liberal governments of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin said other cities should not follow suit before the current laws change, echoing what the federal government has repeatedly said when asked about the rise of illegal dispensaries.

“Nobody would deny that there are some practical problems at street level, absolutely, nobody denies that,” said Ms. McLellan, who was in Vancouver speaking at Simon Fraser University’s downtown campus on the work the task force did last year.

“Cities should wait until the law changes instead of making their own rules now and hoping to adapt them to a federal framework later on,” she said. “I cannot advocate that anybody break existing laws. We are a nation of law-abiding citizens.” For more


Canadians worried Ottawa rushing into pot legalization: poll

Even attendees at Canada’s biggest cannabis trade show, Lift, on this weekend at Metro Convention Centre, had mixed feelings about legalization, with some worried government control and corporatization would crush the little guy. For More

Why legal marijuana will hurt kids By Dr. Brian Goldman

The ballot initiative would allows adults over the age of 21 to posses up to 56 grams of marijuana. ( Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

The federal government’s tabled Bill C-45 would allow adults to legally possess and use small amounts of recreational marijuana. The bill would make it a criminal offence to sell pot to minors but it would not be crime for youth to possess small amounts of it. An editorial published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal calls on Parliament to reject the bill.  For more


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