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1 Canada: Ottawa Proposes Legal Changes To Allow Drug-Testing OfTue, 21 Oct 2003
Source:Toronto Sun (CN ON) Author:Rodrigue, Isabelle Area:Canada Lines:63 Added:10/22/2003

OTTAWA - The federal government is preparing to respond to provincial demands by enacting laws that would allow police to test drivers for drugs, according to a government document.

The consultation paper, obtained by The Canadian Press, says the amended legislation would allow police to administer the tests to motorists suspected of being impaired by drugs. The paper, to be released Wednesday, outlines changes that have been sought for years by the provinces and police forces. The paper will be distributed to the provinces, territories and various associations, which have one month to respond.

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2 Canada: Minister Considers Relaxing Pot LawsSat, 13 Jul 2002
Source:Winnipeg Sun (CN MB) Author:Rodrigue, Isabelle Area:Canada Lines:49 Added:07/15/2002

OTTAWA (CP) -- Justice Minister Martin Cauchon is considering relaxing Canada's marijuana laws to make possession punishable by a fine instead of a prison sentence, The Canadian Press has learned.

But Cauchon's plans do not include making the drug legal, said highly placed sources in the Justice Department.

While fines would be imposed for possession of marijuana, trafficking would continue to draw harsher punishments, the sources said.

Cauchon might address the issue at a meeting of the Canadian Bar next month in London, Ont., they added.

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3 Canada: Cauchon Might Relax Canada's Marijuana Laws To Do AwayFri, 12 Jul 2002
Source:Canadian Press (Canada Wire) Author:Rodrigue, Isabelle Area:Canada Lines:54 Added:07/14/2002

OTTAWA (CP) - Justice Minister Martin Cauchon is considering relaxing Canada's marijuana laws to make possession punishable by a fine instead of a prison sentence, The Canadian Press has learned. But Cauchon's plans do not include making the drug legal, said highly placed sources in the Justice Department.

While fines would be imposed for possession of marijuana, trafficking would continue to draw harsher punishments, the sources said. Cauchon might address the issue at a meeting of the Canadian Bar next month in London, Ont., they added. The report comes the same week that Britain announced it will virtually decriminalize cannabis to give police more time to fight the use of hard drugs.

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