PM Jokes He'll Try Pot Once It's Decriminalized

PM Jokes He'll Try Pot Once It's Decriminalized
Posted by CN Staff on October 03, 2003 at 15:06:53 PT
By News Staff
Source: CTV
Prime Minister Jean Chretien is considering trying some new things once he retires -- including a good spliff. At least, that's what he joked about in an interview with the Winnipeg Free Press. In the interview, published in Friday's paper, the PM says decriminalizing marijuana is just putting the laws in synch with the times."It is still illegal, but do you think Canadians want their kids, 18 years-old or 17, who smoke marijuana once and get caught by the police, to have a criminal record for the rest of their life?" he told the paper when asked how he feels about the bill.
"What has happened is so illogical that they are not prosecuted anymore. So let's make the law adjust to the realities. It is still illegal, but they will pay a fine. It is in synch with the times."Chretien also joked that he might give pot a try once it is no longer a criminal offence. Under the new law, pot users would pay a fine if caught with a small amount."I don't know what is marijuana. Perhaps I will try it when it will no longer be criminal. I will have my money for my fine and a joint in the other hand," he said in the interview.Few people in the Bush administration are laughing at the bill, which favours a ticket system rather than a criminal charge. It would end criminal penalties for anyone found with 15 grams of marijuana. However, the drug would remain illegal.The bill is one of two controversial laws that Chretien hopes to pass before his scheduled retirement in February 2004.The other seeks to legalize same-sex unions. Chretien told the Winnipeg Free Press that while he is a Catholic, he represents many different kinds of people and religions."For us, my mentality, my religion belongs to me and I will deal personally with that," he said."I am a public person in a very diverse society, and I don't think I can impose every limit of my morality on others, because I don't want others to impose their morality on me."Source: CTV (Canada)Published: October 3, 2003Copyright: 2003 Bell Globemedia Interactive Inc. Website: newsonline Related Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links Jokes About Trying Pot Ministers Debate Pot Law
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on October 03, 2003 at 16:43:37 PT
Fine but don't wait for a heart attack.
Heart attack help Oct, 2003) Cannabinoids found to reduce heart failure in rats (& You know We're just a bunch of big rats) 
Researchers at Germany's Wurzburg University have shown that a synthetic cannabinoid called HU-210 helped prevent heart failure in rats. Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body, and is a possible consequence of a heart attack or disease.In rats, heart failure typically develops within 12 weeks after a major heart attack. But researchers found that daily application of HU-210, which activates CB-1 receptors like THC, reduced heart failure in rats in the period following an induced heart attack. The cannabinoid prevented the drop of blood pressure and dysfunction of the arteries. Conversely, a CB-1 blocker reduced the pumping ability of the heart.In a commentary on the study, the British Journal of Pharmacology said that cannabinoids were "useful targets for therapy" following a heart attack. All of this information was compiled and edited from the excellent email newsletter of the International Association for Cannabis as Medicine (IACM) in Germany. email info; web
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 03, 2003 at 15:54:40 PT
What About The Farmers?
You can't enjoy an apple, peach, pear or any fruit unless it is grown. Why does he think that Cannabis is any different? How can just decriminalization help? It will make more laws and more confusion. He should let the courts decide. They know it should be legal. Listen to them.
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on October 03, 2003 at 15:47:21 PT
Attention, Mr. Chretien
""I don't know what is marijuana. Perhaps I will try it when it will no longer be criminal. I will have my money for my fine and a joint in the other hand," he said in the interview.
"And in your pocket you will have the phone number of the person who sold you this joint, only this number will have been disconnected because the person is now in prison. Since he or she cannot just escape with a fine in your twisted moral universe.
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