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CANADA POT VOTE JUST TRAILED NADER'S....!

URL: CN QU: Editorial: High Times Are Here

Pubdate: Thu, 30 Nov 2000
Source: Halifax Daily News (CN NS)

HIGH TIMES ARE HERE

From the editorial desk of Montreal's The Gazette

Take a closer look at those election results and you'll see that the Marijuana Party seems to be rolling its own little success story in Canadian politics.

No, we're not smoking something - the results speak for themselves. The
Marijuana party ran in 73 ridings and polled more than 66,000 votes, or about two per cent of the votes cast in those constituencies. In some ridings, its candidates outpolled established parties. In Laurier Ste.
Marie, for example, which was won by Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe,
Marijuana Party candidate Marc-Boris St.-Maurice got more votes than candidates for the NDP, the Progressive Conservatives or the Canadian Alliance.

Where there's smoke, there must be fire. It's probably true that some of this support was a protest vote against establishment politics, but it's more likely that the Marijuana party is starting to catch fire with its message that pot should be legalized.

Legalization would be a step too far, but decriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana would be worth a good look by the federal government. So, too, would a policy to make marijuana available for medicinal purposes.

What's really remarkable is that all those marijuana smokers were able to make it all the way to the polling booths on Monday without stopping off for munchies.