Canada’s anti-pot laws legal, court says


The Supreme Court of Canada upheld its current laws against the possession of marijuana. Prime Minister Paul Martin failed in his efforts to eliminate jail sentences for small amounts of the drug, as the justices voted 6-3. The justices also found that trafficking the drug was illegal. However, Martin can still propose a bill that would soften penalties. The courts decision received praise from local law enforcement groups but criticism from those of in favor of marijuana legalization. An important question asked in the Supreme Court ruling was whether or not Parliament has the constitutional right to punish people for marijuana possession. The court examines 3 other cases involving pot activists and users. All of three of them failed in their efforts convince the courts that the pot laws are unconstitutional. The author is being a liberal in this article. He seems to support the pot laws and want them to stay the same.