Omnibus Crime Bill C-10 - Petitions calling for further debates to be tabled in the House of Commons this Tuesday November 29th

OTTAWA, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Provincial leaders from Quebec, Ontario, BC and PEI have all already vigorously criticized Bill C-10, the Omnibus Crime Bill, and now average Canadians from all walks of life are adding their voices to the opposition.

Several MPs will be tabling petitions on behalf of NORML Canada (The National Organization for the Reform of the Marijuana laws) this Tuesday after question period. The petitions call for Bill C-10 to be separated into several bills so that each legislative initiative may be voted on separately without being tied to the others.

It is unfair and incongruous to lump issues involving young offenders, child abusers, cannabis consumers and terrorists in the same bill. This Bill will only serve to further put at risk the safety of otherwise law abiding Canadians by making our streets and communities more dangerous. Moreover, the Bill will impose a fantastic financial burden on the public purse during a time of fiscal restraint

Prohibition has failed and regulation and taxation are more effective in controlling problems arising from drug abuse.

It is our hope that science will win out over idealistic dogma. Growing and consuming marijuana is a choice millions of Canadian make every day. It is time to debate the merits of legalized and regulated cannabis.

NORML CANADA sincerely urges our government to reconsider their plans to pass this Bill and to take the necessary time to allow for more open and honest debate.

SOURCE National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML)

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Marc-Boris St-Maurice

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