Legalization Limbo: Marijuana in Grey Area While Government Prepares Change in the Law

Article by Erik White, CBC News

Federal government has promised legalization legislation this spring 54-year-old Sudbury man James Gough believes that if marijuana is legalized, all Canadians should have the right to grow their own

James Gough grows marijuana on his kitchen counter and in flower pots in the backyard of his apartment building in the Donovan neighbourhood of Sudbury, Ont.

The 54-year-old says he’s been raided by police several times in the years he’s smoked marijuana as treatment for HIV.

But Gough said he hasn’t had a knock at the door in the year since the federal government announced it would legalize marijuana.

“I’m legal as far as I’m concerned,” Gough said.”If the Government of Canada wants to come after me again for growing my own medicine, well, then that’s their decision.”

He also is angry at Ottawa, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in particular, over what he sees as a broken promise on legalization — the reason he said he voted for them in the 2015 election.

The government announced April 20, 2016 that it would present a bill on how it was going to do that in the spring of 2017, but there is no word yet.

Liberal MP Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief, is heading up the task force on legalization. He was in Sault Ste. Marie last week to hold public consultations. But neither he nor Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan have made themselves available to speak with CBC News about it.

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