NDP Leader Boosts Legalization of 'Wonderful' Pot

  NDP Leader Boosts Legalization of 'Wonderful' Pot

Posted by CN Staff on November 08, 2003 at 08:43:48 PT
By Troy Reeb, CanWest News Service  
Source: Vancouver Sun  

Ottawa -- Marijuana is a "wonderful substance" that should be legalized, not just decriminalized, says NDP Leader Jack Layton. Canadians must be able to freely purchase or grow their own pot, Layton said in a recent interview with Pot TV, a Vancouver-based Internet site.He accused the Liberal government of "not going nearly far enough" with its current plan to ensure simple possession doesn't result in a criminal record. In a videotaped segment on the site, Layton appeals directly to pot smokers, encouraging them to join the NDP and help create "a legal environment in which people can enjoy their marijuana in the peace and quiet of their own home or in a cafe."
Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, the man steering the government's legislation, told Global National it would be "irresponsible" to do as Layton suggests and remove all penalties for marijuana. "He should consult with Health Canada and he would understand cannabis is a harmful product and people shouldn't be using cannabis.""Maybe he's trying to take over the Marijuana party," joked Canadian Alliance MP John Reynolds, who also accused Layton of making "irresponsible" comments. Snipped: Complete Article: Vancouver Sun (CN BC)Author:  Troy Reeb, CanWest News Service Published: Saturday, November 08, 2003Copyright: 2003 Vancouver Sun Contact: sunletters pacpress.southam.caWebsite: Articles & Web Site:Pot-TVhttp://www.pot-tv.netMarijuana Canada's Most Valuable Product Ops Sprout Across Country Dope - Forbes Magazine 

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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on November 08, 2003 at 20:18:28 PT:

I've Got my Blue Hat of Integration on 
"There'll be no more need to smoke and hide. When you know you're takin' a legal ride." --Peter ToshMedical, social, spiritual all grow in the clear light of legal reality.ego transcendence follows ego destruction, the force of the universe carries us forward like a wave into the glistening future of our dreams.
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Comment #3 posted by Marc Paquette on November 08, 2003 at 15:48:37 PT:

Cauchon is Canada's Walters
Hi my Friends;We should ask Health Canada if marijuana is a dangerous substance? Oh ya, it's so dangerous that I'm legally allowed to smoke and grow it for medical reasons since almost 4 years. That's the only natural herb that keeps me alive and improve my quality of life. What other choice when your liver can't tolerate any pills since winter 1996?How dare this man talks like that! He should be ashamed!Peace
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Comment #2 posted by jose melendez on November 08, 2003 at 09:54:22 PT

Voices left?
" . . . the illegal status of pot keeps its most credible defenders silent. "
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on November 08, 2003 at 09:49:24 PT

News Article from Snipped Source
Mayors, Senator Honoured for Drug Policy
November 08, 2003 
Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell and former mayor Philip Owen were honoured Friday by an American organization that promotes compassionate drug policy.Campbell, Owen and Senator Pierre Claude Nolin were given the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for outstanding achievement in the field of drug policy by the Drug Policy Alliance at a conference in New Jersey. It is the first time in the 14-year history of the award that it has been given to Canadians.Owen led Vancouver's "four- pillar" approach to drug use and, with the later involvement of Campbell, managed to open North America's first legal safe injection site.Snipped:Complete Article:
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