An Act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (marihuana)

This bill was last introduced in the 37th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in May 2004.

This bill was previously introduced in the 37th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Keith Martin  Independent

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of Dec. 5, 2002
(This bill did not become law.)


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Contraventions Act and Controlled Drugs and Substances ActRoutine Proceedings

December 5th, 2002 / 10:10 a.m.
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Canadian Alliance

Keith Martin Canadian Alliance Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-327, an act to amend the Contraventions Act and the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (marihuana).

Mr. Speaker, our current drug laws with respect to marijuana possession are a dismal failure. They are applied unevenly across the country and they simply do not work.

The bill calls for the decriminalization, not legalization, of the simple possession of marijuana in amounts less than 30 grams. This would actually affect some of the youngest people in this country. It would remove the punitive effects of the drug laws we have today and hopefully put the resources from our police forces to better use, to go after the real criminals who are the organized crime gangs which are the real parasites in society.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)