Ontario Judge Says Small Quantity of Pot Legal

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A judge in Windsor, Ontario, the Canadian city near Detroit, has ruled that possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana is legal. Yet Windsor police say they will continue to enforce long-standing drug laws despite the judge’s ruling, says the Detroit Free Press.

The ruling by Superior Court Justice Steven Rogin was the most recent development surrounding drug policy in Canada, which is softening its approach to narcotics, treating abuse more as an illness than as a law-enforcement issue. U.S. officials have protested Prime Minister Jean Chretien’s plan to introduce legislation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana in Canada.

Rogin ruled that possessing a little more than an ounce of marijuana is not against the law in Ontario. Experts in Canada say the ruling likely will be followed by lower court judges, who usually preside over marijuana possession cases.

Brian McAllister, the Windsor lawyer who had challenged the law, was quoted in the Windsor Star as saying that that the ruling “effectively erased the criminal prohibition on marijuana possession from the law books in Ontario.”

Link: http://www.freep.com/news/metro/npot22_20030522.htm

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