Mounties Back Canadian Marijuana Decriminalization

Mounties Back Canadian Marijuana Decriminalization
Posted by FoM on May 07, 1999 at 10:12:51 PT
Source: NORML
Ottawa, Ontario The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) announced their support for a recent proposal to remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. 
   "Law enforcement agencies are promoting, not hindering, the marijuana decriminalization movement in Canada," NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup said. "Police know first hand that arresting marijuana smokers is a waste of time and resources."   The RCMP said they "fully support" the position adopted last month by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in favor of decriminalizing minor marijuana offenses. The CACP recommended that first time marijuana offenders receive a ticket and pay a small fine in lieu of arrest or criminal penalties.   Their proposal persuaded MP Keith Martin (Reform Party-Esquimalt) to introduce legislation in the House of Commons last week that would decriminalize marijuana.   For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation   (202) 483-8751. The RCMP's and the CACP's position statements on marijuana decriminalization appear online at: 
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