Marilyn Gladu poetically implored the Senate for a sober second thought after the first debate on the government’s marijuana bill.
With the Liberal cannabis legalization bill now being debated in the Senate, the Conservative Party’s health critic used poetry Friday to ask for sober second thought.
The House of Commons passed the federal bill Monday. It must get through an unpredictable Senate before it can become law. So far, eight provinces and territories have unveiled plans ahead of the government’s July 1, 2018 deadline for Canadians to access legal pot.
Gladu laid out her party’s concerns in verse:
“I want to protest an ill-thought-out bill that is passing through Parliament here on the Hill.Tories Have Raised Eyebrows
The bill that is bad is called C-45. It has so many flaws it just should not survive.
There are more new infractions within this new rule that our courts will be flooded, as will every school.
With drug-impaired driving and challenges there, the doubling of traffic deaths and Liberals do not care.
The provinces and the police in every town have all asked the Liberals to slow this bill down.
With nearly 200 more days left ’til the day, nobody but our party stands in the way.
We hope that the Senate will do its true deed, and keep our great country safe from all the weed.”
Former Conservative environment minister Peter Kent, recently suggested cannabis is similar to fentanyl. Last week he said during a House debate that he felt a family growing a cannabis plant on its property would be “virtually the same as putting fentanyl on a shelf within reach of kids.”
Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that has caused the deaths of hundreds of people in Canada this year alone, but studies have shown marijuana is far less likely to cause substance-abuse death than alcohol.
Earlier this year, Gladu predicted children would become drug mules under the Liberal policy. The bill exempts 12-to-17-year-olds from criminal prosecution for the possession of up to five grams of pot.
“Does the minister not agree that this would put cannabis in the hands of youth? In fact, they would probably become the drug mules at school,” Gladu stated.
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Former Conservative Senate leader Claude Carignan raised the same concern. He suggested the bill would make it A-OK for kids to bring joints to school hallways.
Dean said the government is trying to reduce youth consumption of marijuana with public education, but avoid giving them criminal records. The Canadian Tobacco Alcohol and Drugs survey found in 2015. Almost 29 percent of 15-to-19-year-olds had tried pot at least once, and more than 20 percent had smoked in the past year.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer has publicly acknowledged it would be “very difficult” for a future Tory government to undo legalization if Liberals succeed.
The Senate is separately debating a government bill that adds penalties for drug-impaired driving called Bill C-46.