Senators, Pass The Cannabis Act Without Delay

Article by The Toronto Star

Senators, pass the Cannabis Act without delay By STAR EDITORIAL BOARD. A man smokes a marijuana joint during the annual 4/20 marijuana celebration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on April 20, 2018. The Trudeau Liberals are rejecting more than a dozen Senate amendments to the government's landmark law to legalized cannabis. (JUSTIN TANG / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

To riff off a song made famous in the 1969 movie Easy Rider: don’t bogart that bill, my friend.

The Senate could get no better advice than that on the act to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.

The senators have already delayed passage of Bill C-45 for too long. They debated and amended the proposed legislation for almost seven months before sending it back to the government for approval last week.

The government announced Wednesday that it would accept more than half the Senate’s amendments. The rest it rightly rejected.

When the bill goes back to the Senate, perhaps as early as Thursday, its members should swiftly pass it.

Senators have already had plenty of input into this legislation, passed by an elected Commons. Any further delay runs counter to the spirit of sober second thought and serves only to thwart the will of the people and the democratic process.

After all, the Liberals’ campaign promise to legalize pot was supported by some 65 per cent of Canadians.

And there is a high cost in further delaying this long overdue legislation. Police and the courts currently find themselves in a bind, legally bound to enforce a prohibition that they know will soon end. Meanwhile, gang-run black markets continue to prosper from it.

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