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Cannabis Law Reform in Canada -- 2002-06

NOTE:  January 2006.  A federal election has been called for January 23, 2006.  Because the election was called before either of the proposed laws described below (Bill C-16 on drug-impaired driving, and Bill C-17, which would reduce penalties for possession and production of small quantities of cannabis) was enacted, those bills "died."  The next government will need to introduce new bills if it intends to change the law. 
For historical purposes we are retaining the description of the legislation proposed by previous governments.
The version of the Bill as revised by the Commons committee that reviewed it in November 2003, can be found here.   This Bill then died on the Order Paper when Parliament prorogued.  When Parliament reconvened, the government under Prime Minister Martin reintroduced an identical bill (on February 12, 2004).  Click here for details.  This bill also died, in this case because a federal election was called in May 2004.  The newly elected government promised to reintroduce it or a similar bill.) On November 1, 2004, a bill that appears to be virtually identical was introduced as Bill C-17, An Act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
 Several founding members of the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy testified before the committee that examined the bill in 2003.
October 28, 2003, Line Beauchesne (also Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa)
November 3, 2003, Eugene Oscapella
November 3, 2003, Patricia Erickson (beginning at 16:20)
November 4, 2003, Neil Boyd (also Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University) (beginning at 9:15).
Testimony of other individuals before the committee can be found here.
To see a summary of the Court of Appeal judgments, click here.  To see the full judgment in Hitzig et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen (October 7, 2003), click here.  To see the full judgment in R. v. P., J. (October 7, 2003), click here.

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