Canadians Talk: Should Canada legalize marijuana?

Canadians Talk: Should Canada legalize marijuana?

Justin Trudeau wants to legalize it, the NDP want to decriminalize it, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government has no plan to do either.“These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society. We will continue protecting the interests of families across this country,” wrote Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay’s spokesperson Paloma Aguilar in an email to Global News in 2013.But the Tories did launch a $1.3-billion free market in medical marijuana at the end of September—phasing out an older system that relied on mostly homegrown medical marijuana, which sometimes ended up on the black market.Under a 2000 Supreme Court of Canada ruling, about 38,000 Canadians had been licensed by Health Canada to grow their own cannabis or have it grown for them to provide relief for a range of illnesses, including HIV and multiple sclerosis.Proponents swear by the plant’s ability to alleviate chronic pain, stimulate appetite and generally comfort patients living with long-term or terminal ailments, but many doctors—including the head of the Canadian Medical Association Dr. Chris Simpson—don’t plan to prescribe it, based on what they call a lack of rigorous medical research and the resulting health concerns.Going to pot: Should Canada legalize marijuana?Join the conversation with host Mike Eckford on Monday, May 26, 2014 at 7 p.m. ET as Canadians talk marijuana on the Corus radio network.CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver) at 4 p.m. PTNews Talk 770 (Calgary) and 630 CHED (Edmonton) at 5 p.m. MT680 CJOB (Winnipeg) at 6 p.m. CTAM 900 CHML (Hamilton), AM980 (London), (Cornwall), and Talk Radio AM640 (Toronto) at 7 p.m. ETThis is part of a series of special conversations on-air and online about the issues that matter to Canadians.Source:

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