Canadian government is attacked for plan to legalise marijuanaBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7401.1232-a (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1232
- David Spurgeon
Canada's federal government is under fire from US officials, the Canadian police, and even some of its own members of parliament for having introduced a bill decriminalising possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Under the Cannabis Reform Bill possession of less than 15 g of marijuana would still be illegal but would lead to fines of $C100 (£180; $290; €250) to $C400, depending on circumstances such as the age of possessors and whether they were driving a vehicle. Possession now carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a fine of …