04/03/2006

Pot decriminalization bill goes up in smoke in Canada

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OTTAWA, Canada (Reuters)- Canada's new Conservative government will scrap draft legislation that would have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday.

The legislation, drawn up by the previous Liberal government, alarmed police officials in Canada and the United States who said it would only encourage the already booming trade in pot.

Once the Liberals lost the January 23 election after 12 years in power, the bill looked to be in deep trouble. One of Harper's five priorities is to clamp down on crime...

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