Liberals Move To Fast-Track Marijuana Bill

Liberals Move To Fast-Track Marijuana Bill
Posted by CN Staff on October 08, 2003 at 15:34:45 PT
By The Canadian Press 
Source: Canadian Press 
Ottawa -- The Liberal government is moving to speed up passage of controversial legislation to decriminalize possession of marijuana. The Liberals will try to fast-track the bill Thursday by referring it for early study by a Commons committee after only three hours of debate in the House of Commons. Justice Minister Martin Cauchon expressed hope that the procedural tactic will speed the way toward ultimate passage. 
Don Boudria, the government House leader, suggested the bill could be wrapped up before the end of the fall session, as Prime Minister Jean Chretien wants. The legislation has sparked misgivings among Liberal backbenchers, however, and opinions are divided on whether it can be pushed through as quickly as the government hopes. MP Derek Lee, a key member of the committee that will study the legislation, said he thinks hearings can be held "fairly expeditiously" but was doubtful it an pass all necessary legislative stages before the end of the year. John McKay, chairman of the influential Ontario Liberal caucus, said it would be "pretty optimistic" to expect final passage even by spring. Most Liberals expect a new government led by Paul Martin will be issuing an election call around April, cutting off work on any bills that haven't passed by then. Complete Title: Liberals Move To Fast-Track Passage of Marijuana BillSource: Canadian Press Published: Wednesday, October 8, 2003Copyright: 2003 The Canadian PressRelated Articles & Web Site:Cannabis News Canadian Links Ministers Debate Pot Law Marijuana Reform: Provinces
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on October 08, 2003 at 18:15:44 PT
Medicine of the Millenium
"John McKay, chairman of the influential Ontario Liberal caucus, said it would be "pretty optimistic" to expect final passage even by spring."If we get good news from the Malmo-Levine/Clay/Caine decision will the parliament then be able to re-implement "re-crim"? Regardless, I can't help but feel extremely optimistic about all that has happened in the last couple of days. As kap'n noted, a national government of the west is finally well on their way to legitimizing mmj. They have conceded that cannabis is medicine & it will be dirt cheap too! The wall will crumble very fast once cannabis becomes the most popular medicine in all of Canada(If it isn't already).The way out is the way in...9/11 families seek curb on probe officer: to Provide 9/11 Answers Fuels Stories: World Since 9/11: US was planning a war in Afghanistan BEFORE 9/11:
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Comment #1 posted by global_warming on October 08, 2003 at 16:45:14 PT
It Is A Pity
It is pitiful
That the prohibitionists have have had 30+ years
To frighten and confuse the world,
To wage a "WAR" against our brothers and sisters,
The prohibitionists now are wresteling with further bad conduct that seeks to hold and refuse,
The will of the people, that governments claim to serve,Most of the bad blood in this world, is blood that has been taught
To hate, and upon this hatred is built and empire,and this empire that is so corrupted, that it blindly continues to seek the blood of the innocents..There is much human blood that must continue to pour, the silent prayers of the captive and innocent shall reveal the path, for we all, children of this universe, shall eventually awaken, to bear witness, to the blood and the soul of this awakening universe.In the free societies, we must vote, vote, vote, for it the presence of the awakening universe that shall guide our footsteps and our decisions,
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