Ottawa Citizen

With just 12 weeks left before Parliament shuts down for an election, the federal Conservative government is still considering introducing a bill to let police issue tickets to people caught with small amounts of marijuana, instead of laying criminal charges.

The potential legislative change is in the hands of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who has spoken strongly about the dangers of marijuana use, particularly by young people.

The government has not made a final decision on the proposed change. As well, it isn’t clear – with time running short – if it would introduce a bill in the current Parliament, which ends in June, or make it a campaign promise in the fall election.

But what is significant, say Tories, is that the idea is still on the government’s “radar” as it prepares for re-election. It is looking for a marijuana proposal to contrast with the position of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who would legalize…

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