HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Hiebert Rejects Lenient Pot Bill
Pubdate: Fri, 05 Nov 2004
Source: Peace Arch News (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 Peace Arch News
Author: Steven Addison
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Decrim/Legalization)
Bookmark: (Mandatory Minimum Sentencing)


MP Russ Hiebert won't support the federal government's latest attempt to 
decriminalize marijuana, saying he prefers the status quo.

The Conservative MP believes Bill C-17, introduced in the House of Commons 
this week, will encourage young people to do drugs, and is too lenient on 

"This bill is fundamentally flawed because it indirectly endorses behaviour 
we don't want to be endorsing in society," the South Surrey-White 
Rock-Cloverdale MP said.

"(Bill C-17) basically makes it equivalent to a parking ticket or a 
speeding ticket."

The legislation would relax penalties for people caught with small amounts 
of pot. Rather than jail time, adults caught with less than 15 grams-enough 
to roll about 30 joints-would face a $150 fine. Young people would be 
ticketed $100.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Hiebert said the bill doesn't do enough 
to combat organized crime and grow operations. He wants mandatory minimum 
sentences for people who cultivate pot. He also said decriminalization 
could have a noticeable impact in this riding. "We know 95 per cent of the 
marijuana produced in B.C. is destined for the States, and that the 
U.S...has already indicated there will be repercussions at the border if 
this bill goes ahead."
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