LeaderPost 18 September 2017
Family First Comment: A disturbing fact about Canada’s impending pot laws – youth, ages 12 to 18, will be able to possess up to five grams of marijuana (about 15 joints) before facing criminal charges/
Bill C-45 includes a clause stating youth, ages 12 to 18, will be able to posses up to five grams of marijuana before being criminal charged.
As Canadians prepare for a new era of legalized recreational marijuana use next summer, concern is growing about a little-known provision wrapped into the bill that would allow kids as young as 12 to legally possess pot.
The professed goal of the federal Liberals’ Bill C-45 is to keep marijuana out of the hands of criminals and youth, and to stop criminal records for possession of small amounts of marijuana from following people through their lives.
Tucked into the bill, among the pages of legislation, is a clause stating youth, ages 12 to 18, will be able to possess up to five grams of marijuana before facing criminal charges; adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams.
“The whole idea here is that for a person that’s that young with a very small amount in their possession, they should not be subject to a criminal prosecution and a criminal record,” said Ralph Goodale, federal minister for public safety and preparedness.
According to Goodale the legislation takes a different stance from the past, as criminalization of marijuana has led to an illegal industry, which makes it more of a risk to youth.
“The objectives are to better protect our kids, to keep this substance out of the hands of young people and to stop the flow of cash to crime organizations. And that’s what the bulk of the legislation is focused on, including restrictions on any kind of advertising, promotions that are aimed at young people,” he said.
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