FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 October 2001
Ottawa: Dr. Keith Martin, Member of Parliament for Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca, praised the Governments decision to allow his Private Members Bill C-344, An Act to Amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (marijuana), to become votable.
The Bill provides for the decriminalization of marijuana by introducing a system of fines for simple possession.
Dr. Martin said, It is important that the House of Commons debate the issue of decriminalizing marijuana. For far too long, we have wasted the valuable time and resources of law enforcement agencies and the courts on a failed policy of minor drug enforcement. My Bill will save these agencies $150 million every year, and allow us to focus resources on apprehending the drug traffickers, growers and organized crime gangs, while fining those who only possess a small amount of marijuana.
Bill C-344 will come up for debate on November 7th 2001. At that time, Dr. Martin will call for all parties to support the decriminalization of simple marijuana possession.
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