The Liberals shot down an NDP motion to decriminalize cannabis ahead of the government’s legalization program.

Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said decriminalization would only fund the profits of organized crime.

“It would mean that marijuana would remain an illegal substance and that it would continue to be grown and distributed by organized crime networks,” Wilson-Raybould said in the House of Commons today.”Canadians, both adults and youth, would continue to purchase a product of unknown potency and quality.”

MP Bill Blair said it would be inappropriate to decriminalize cannabis before the government goes through its legalization process.

“It would be reckless in the extreme and perhaps create much greater risk for our communities to remove all control from cannabis,” said Blair, a former Toronto police chief and the government’s point man on legalization. “It would create opportunities for organized crime and put our children at risk.”

NDP justice critic Murray Rankin said the Liberal legalization process could take years, while in that time many Canadians will continue to accrue criminal records.

“To hide behind the status quo and do nothing, (which) is the government’s particular option until they finally have a law enacted, is not right,” Rankin said. “It creates a continuing injustice in this country, which is felt in different parts of the country in different ways, and we say on this side of the House that it’s time to fix that problem now.”

Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith also spoke out in favour of the motion.

“Is not decriminalization a fairer option as a matter of scarce judicial resources and a matter of not affecting young peoples’ lives negatively for no reason at all when we are legalizing within one year?” Erskine-Smith said.

  • wolfshades

    I’m disappointed that a young and fairly nuanced government can’t understand the nuances that would be involved in decriminalizing pot possession. There has to be a way to still target the black market folk without penalizing storefront operations and their customers. I don’t believe for a second it’s an all-or-nothing deal.

  • Zeb

    because it has nothing to do with legalization, and everything to do with monopolization. anyone who voted for jihad justine because he claimed he would legalize is in for a very hard smack in the face when you try to buy an oz for 1200+. enjoy your liebrano taxes while your at it

  • Réal Guy

    « It creates a continuing injustice in this country, which is felt in different parts of the country in different way… »

    An euphemism!

    While bigot anti-cannabic prohibiionists keep refocu$$ing the whole public monologue on the so-called “Harms” of Trudeau’s “mari-caca” on planet Itnoc (in the name of children) the average citizen still won’t get properly educated about why it all went so wrong so long ago, for example in Québec lets start with the “Loi de Pharmacie” of 1885 which put “Indian Hemp” on a “poison” list, under Queen Victoria (who by the way “medicated” on it herself, apparently)!…

    Taxation revenue being proportional to price-tags this is bound to boost parallel “criminal” markets further, just as when our successive predatory governments targetted alcohol and tobacco. It’s not as if the average Joe can’t understand how this works, so if today’s consumers can get it for the already prohibitive cost of, say, 5 $/g then why pay more to an LP simply to get our identifications permanently collected as if we’re dangerous animals?! My quick answer: because they can argue that an expensive cost should result in “saving” a minor…

    Now, how safe is that on planet Itnoc to distribute cannabis through mail boxes exactly!? How many children with real cannabic consumption problems received appropriate non-traumatic assistance last year?? Unlike the “Fix-my-Kid” Narconon/Straight Inc. type i mean, euh… But that’s only available to consenting adults anyway, right?…

    So, how many of those teenagers finally succeeded dealing with cannabis-related difficulties and how much did their salvation co$t to the Canadian voters, in terms of Drug War economics??? Etc, etc…

    Too bad traditional media won’t report even the basics, like who it was in Ottawa that launched the very 1st legal coast-to-coast ban of cannabis, in 1923, under reprehensible political circumstances, etc… 2 Years before another Liberal politican presided at the League of Nations, right in time to transport future prohibitionist debates straight out of Canadian democratic space!… What “science” were these repeated bigot attacks actually based on if not “The Cairo Asylum: Dr Warnock on Hasheesh Insanity” (Journal of Mental Science, 1896)? Etc!

    Anyway, i just wanted to mention that in my part of the country A HUMAN BEING has been KILLED by a Montréal SPVM-GTi agent over Trudeau’s “mari-caca” already – and more (read the alternate story-rendering by La C.R.A.P., in french)…

    Quite frankly i can’t care less that the dead happened to have some judicial file, Trudeau’s “legaleezation” is still to blame and i yet got to read and/or hear MiniHarper facing criticism in parliament for such a tragic mishap. Most unfortunately it seems even the 2nd and 3rd opposition parties prefer to remain shy when it boils down to basics: which is to state clearly that no HOMICIDE over CANNABIS can be justified – especially after the late federal elections, period.

    Nonetheless “lets KILL today just in case this might vaguely help to prevent some future “harm” yet to occur in some eventual tomorrow” is nothing but a bigot anti-cannabic prohibitionist aberration and i have absolutely ZERO respect for such twisted despicable values. Considering this level of insanity i must conclude the bigotry clearly went too far, not to mention it is those socio-toxic bullies who cause practically all of the permanent prejudice themselves, in the name of children exactly…

    M’yeah, sure. After all it’s nothing but “déjà vu”, m’well for those who are a hundred years old or so i guess!…

  • Réal Guy

    « It creates a continuing injustice in this country, which is felt in different parts of the country in different way… »

    An euphemism!

    While bigot anti-cannabic prohibiionists keep refocu$$ing the whole public monologue on the so-called “Harms” of Trudeau’s “mari-caca” on planet Itnoc (in the name of children) the average citizen still won’t get properly educated about why it all went so wrong so long ago, for example in Québec lets start with the “Loi de Pharmacie” of 1885 which put “Indian Hemp” on a “poison” list, under Queen Victoria (who by the way “medicated” on it herself, apparently)!…

    Taxation revenue being proportional to price-tags this is bound to boost parallel “criminal” markets further, just as when our successive predatory governments targetted alcohol and tobacco. It’s not as if the average Joe can’t understand how this works, so if today’s consumers can get it for the already prohibitive cost of, say, 5 $/g then why pay more to an LP simply to get our identifications permanently collected as if we’re dangerous animals?! My quick answer: because they can argue that an expensive cost should result in “saving” a minor…

    Now, how safe is that on planet Itnoc to distribute cannabis through mail boxes exactly!? How many children with real cannabic consumption problems received appropriate non-traumatic assistance last year?? Unlike the “Fix-my-Kid” Narconon/Straight Inc. type i mean, euh… But that’s only available to consenting adults anyway, right?…

    So, how many of those teenagers finally succeeded dealing with cannabis-related difficulties and how much did their salvation co$t to the Canadian voters, in terms of Drug War economics??? Etc, etc…

    Too bad traditional media won’t report even the basics, like who it was in Ottawa that launched the very 1st legal coast-to-coast ban of cannabis, in 1923, under reprehensible political circumstances, etc… 2 Years before another Liberal politican presided at the League of Nations, right in time to transport future prohibitionist debates straight out of Canadian democratic space!… What “science” were these repeated bigot attacks actually based on if not “The Cairo Asylum: Dr Warnock on Hasheesh Insanity” (Journal of Mental Science, 1896)? Etc!

    Anyway, i just wanted to mention that in my part of the country A HUMAN BEING has been KILLED by a Montréal SPVM-GTi agent over Trudeau’s “mari-caca” already – and more (read the alternate story-rendering by La C.R.A.P., in french)…

    Quite frankly i can’t care less that the dead happened to have some judicial file, Trudeau’s “legaleezation” is still to blame and i yet got to read and/or hear MiniHarper facing criticism in parliament for such a tragic mishap. Most unfortunately it seems even the 2nd and 3rd opposition parties prefer to remain shy when it boils down to basics: which is to state clearly that no HOMICIDE over CANNABIS can be justified – especially after the late federal elections, period.

    Nonetheless “lets KILL today just in case this might vaguely help to prevent some future “harm” yet to occur in some eventual tomorrow” is nothing but a bigot anti-cannabic prohibitionist aberration and i have absolutely ZERO respect for such twisted despicable values. Considering this level of insanity i must conclude the bigotry clearly went too far, not to mention it is those socio-toxic bullies who cause practically all of the permanent prejudice themselves, in the name of children exactly…

    M’yeah, sure. After all it’s nothing but “déjà vu”, m’well for those who are a hundred years old or so i guess!…

  • Surveilz

    Dirty, corrupt to the core, rotten Liberals have actually gotten worse under the selfie queen’s Sunny Ways banner.