Top Cop Agrees With Plan To Ease Pot Laws

Top Cop Agrees With Plan To Ease Pot Laws
Posted by CN Staff on May 26, 2003 at 11:01:56 PT
By Bill Rodgers, Sun Ottawa Bureau
Source: Edmonton Sun
Ottawa -- Canada's top cop is endorsing federal legislation expected as early as tomorrow to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana for personal use. RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli emphasized, however, that any proposed legislation to ease the country's pot laws must be accompanied by "a comprehensive national drug strategy." "What we are talking about here is decriminalizing very small amounts if that's what's in the legislation. We still believe we need the discretion as police officers, in rare cases, to lay criminal charges against possessors of very small amounts. 
"But ... we believe that we don't want to make criminals out of persons who have very small amounts of marijuana for their own possession," said Zaccardelli in an interview on CTV's Question Period. The Chretien government had originally planned to table the legislation in the Commons earlier this month but put it on hold just hours after Justice Minister Martin Cauchon met with his U.S. counterpart in Washington. U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci warned earlier that much stricter American drug laws could result in delays for Canadians crossing the border. Commissioner Zaccardelli acknowledged U.S. concerns and said he has had discussions with American law enforcement officials on the matter. "This is an issue with them. We have expressed our views to them. But, if we have a comprehensive package, it will not harm the work that we do and the relationship with the Americans, in my view." Source: Edmonton Sun (CN AB) Author: Bill Rodgers, Sun Ottawa BureauPublished: Monday, May 26, 2003 Copyright: 2003 Canoe Limited PartnershipContact: letters edm.sunpub.comWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links Say Feds Sending Mixed Pot Message Pot Bill Ho Hum, Says Drug Cop Now Have a Leg Up On Tokers Mellow On Weed 
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