2 Conservative Senators Abstaining From Pot Vote Because They Stand to Profit From It

Article by Catherine Cullen, CBC News

2 Conservative senators abstaining from pot vote because they stand to profit from it Tory Senator calls Trudeau's last-minute decision to appoint 2 new senators 'opportunism' Catherine Cullen · CBC News. Senators Linda Frum and Nicole Eaton are steering clear of the debate over the Trudeau government's cannabis legalization bill. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s no secret that many Conservatives don’t like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s plans for pot.

On Wednesday, the Conservative leader in the Senate, Larry Smith, criticized the federal government’s “rush to legalize marijuana.”

A few days earlier, Conservative Senator Denise Batters said Canada is not ready for legalization and “Canadians will pay the price for that folly with their health and safety.”

Two Conservative senators have had to keep their thoughts about legalization to themselves, however. Both Senator Linda Frum and Senator Nicole Eaton are abstaining from votes on the Cannabis Act because they stand to profit from legalization.

In filings posted on the Senate ethics officer’s website, Frum and Eaton spell out their financial conflict.

In a letter dated May 1, Eaton notes she has a conflict of interest over the bill to legalize recreational cannabis use and change the impaired driving rules “due to an impending investment in the cannabis industry.”

Until she recused herself, Eaton was participating in debates and committee work on legalization. In March, she attracted some unwanted attention when she suggested at committee that “five grams is about four tokes” and that if she were a 16-year-old high school student, she might walk around with “four tokes in my pocket.”

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