CANADA: There they go again, blowing trial-balloon smoke rings before the federal election.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are hinting — not for the first time — they may be prepared to make small-time marijuana possession a ticketable offence. They’re thinking about it.
Fully two-thirds of Canadians want marijuana legalized or decriminalized, polls suggest. Even for the Harperites, this should be a no-brainer. Yet Justice Minister Peter MacKay’s office recently confirmed it is “still considering” ticketing for small quantities. What on earth is there left to consider?
It’s past time the Tories put an end to their dopey huffing and puffing and gave police officers the discretion to hand out tickets for small-potatoes toking instead of laying charges that could lead to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine, or both.