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Canadian government is attacked for plan to legalise marijuana

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1232

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  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    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 …

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