Pubdate: Sat, 08 Jun 2002
Source: Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB)
Copyright: 2002 Winnipeg Free Press


Around Canada

WINDSOR, Ont. -- Marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco and 
should be decriminalized, a federal committee examining the country's drug 
policies was told yesterday.

"If we discovered three drugs today and they were alcohol, tobacco and 
marijuana, there isn't an expert in the country who would recommend that 
marijuana be the one that is banned based on individual and societal harm," 
Dr. Patrick Smith of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health told the 
Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs.
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