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Canada's Conservative Party enters 21st century by softening marijuana laws

Peter MacKay
Peter MacKay

That is, by announcing the possibility of softening marijuana laws.

Yesterday, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, Justice Minister Peter MacKay released a statement indicating that the Conservative Party is still considering the idea of expanding options for marijuana law enforcement. This was suggested to the majority government last year by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police last year.

Though this indicates some progress, it is rather disappointing considering the Liberal and NDP parties support legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. In the not-too-distant past, the Conservative Party was not shy about chastising Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, for his open advocacy for decriminalization and this smear campaign does not seem to have an end in sight.

It appears that this change would be a lessening of punishment for marijuana users, critics fear it will actually create an increase of marijuana charges. Police would have the ability to ticket individuals with amounts of marijuana found on them so it is very possible they will be apt to ticket more frequently.

MacKay did not include when these possible changes could take place. That is, if they take place at all. Years ago, the Liberal Party attempted a similar judicial change but it was not successful. That being said, Canadian citizens should think carefully about the potential results of changes to current cannabis laws and how it could affect them.