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Proposed Pot Law Opens Door To Abuse, Says Mp



Decriminalizing marijuana sends the wrong message to youth, makes roads
unsafe, and ties up our borders, says Nanaimo-Alberni MP James Lunney.

Lunney criticized a Liberal bill Friday that would decriminalize possession
of small quantities of cannabis.

"The government has chosen to overlook the harm that this legislation will
cause," Lunney told the House of Commons.

"What health risks and future health care liabilities is the government
exposing taxpayers to? And what message are we sending our children and
youth, with lower fines for young users - that smoking pot is less harmful
when you are young?"

Drivers impaired by cannabis would still be liable for criminal
prosecution, but Lunney said Canada still lacks a reliable roadside
screening device,

He predicts greater demand for the drug, boosting profits for organized
crime and causing the U.S. to tighten its borders.

"Smoking anything is not good for you," Lunney said.

Pubdate: Thu, 16 Oct 2003
Source: Nanaimo News Bulletin (CN BC)
Copyright: 2003, BC Newspaper Group
Contact: edit@nanaimo.vinewsgroup.com
Website: Nanaimo News - Nanaimo News Bulletin
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