Pubdate: Wed, 13 Dec 2017
Source: Winnipeg Sun (CN MB)
Copyright: 2017 Canoe Limited Partnership
Author: Helen Sterzer
Page: 12
Note: Parenthetical remark by the Sun editor.


Re: Legalization of marijuana

As the countdown continues to July, 2018 and the legalization of
marijuana in Canada my concern for the future is not being addressed.

A popular method of raising money today appears to be suing current
governments for perceived past wrongs committed by previous
governments. The door this opens, for the countless numbers that have
been prosecuted for pot infractions over the years, to sue federal and
provincial governments could bankrupt this nation. Would it be
possible or practical to include some form of "notwithstanding" clause
in the laws currently being written for enactment that would preclude
this scenario?

I have no opinion, either pro or con, on legalization, but I am well 
aware of today's need of many members of society to blame someone for 
something and make that someone pay retribution for past wrongs, real or 
imagined. There are likely tens of thousands who, in the past, have been 
punished under current pot laws who could already be lining up for 
monetary "justice". Just saying.

Helen Sterzer

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