HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Anti-Marijuana Message Key At Monday's Town Hall
Pubdate: Tue, 16 Nov 2004
Source: Abbotsford Times (CN BC)
Copyright: 2004 The Abbotsford Times
Author: Tricia Leslie, Times
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Abbotsford MP Randy White is mounting a town hall campaign against Bill C-17.

The outspoken MP held a town hall meeting in Abbotsford last night, a 
pattern he hopes to repeat across the country to get his anti-marijuana 
message out to the public.

Bill C-17 was reintroduced by the federal Liberals Nov. 1 and if adopted, 
will mean that possession of 15 grams of marijuana [enough to roll about 30 
joints] or less will be treated similar to a traffic fine. Adults would pay 
$150 and minors would pay $100, under the new legislation.

"It's a discount for kids is what it is," said White Friday. "It sends the 
wrong message . . . I want to bring peoples' awareness to what the Liberals 
want to do and how serious it is." White says the Liberals are talking 
about fines for marijuana quantities up to 30 grams [60 joints].

"In essence, that's going to legalize 60 grams or more of marijuana - 
again, it's sending the wrong message."

The legislation, if introduced, would double the penalty for large-scale 
grow operations to 14 years, but White says minimum, not maximum penalties 
are needed.

"They haven't ever issued a maximum penalty yet," said White. "What's got 
to happen is minimums have to be put in place."

White also wondered how police and RCMP officers throughout the country 
would collect the new fines when "there's $4.5 million in outstanding 
[traffic] fines already."

White's town hall meeting took place at Garden Park Towers in Abbotsford 
Monday night.
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