International policies on the use and possession of marijuana
underwent some major reforms in 2002.
Canada and England are leading the way to decriminalization while the
United States remains reluctant to accept medicinal uses of the
currently illegal drug. Although the issue remains hotly contested,
pro-marijuana organizations say they are steadily making ground.
On Dec 9, Justice Minister Martin Cauchon announced Canada could do
away with criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of
marijuana for personal use as early as this spring. This statement
came days before the release of a special House of Commons report
recommending Parliament to decriminalize the use and cultivation of
marijuana for personal use.
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