Lib­er­als’ pot plan doesn’t go far enough

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

al­though bill c-45 has pos­i­tive im­pli­ca­tions, it does not go as far as fully de­crim­i­nal­iz­ing mar­i­juana. the laws cur­rently in place im­pose un­nec­es­sar­ily harsh penal­ties on a rel­a­tively low-risk ac­tiv­ity.

those who have been pre­vi­ously con­victed on a mar­i­juana-re­lated charge, no mat­ter the sever­ity, will still have a crim­i­nal record after the pass­ing of the bill. this jeop­ar­dizes the fu­ture and liveli­hood of many cana­di­ans.

even with the new leg­is­la­tion, it will be a crime for an adult to have a mar­i­juana plant that is taller than 101 cen­time­tres.

it will be a crime for an adult to have more than 30 grams of mar­i­juana in pub­lic. it will be a crime for a youth to per­form an act that is oth­er­wise le­gal for an adult.

bill c-45 le­gal­izes the recre­ational use of mar­i­juana, so why does it still carry the neg­a­tive reper­cus­sions of an il­le­gal sub­stance?

Nardin Maayteh Ot­tawa

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