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CHANGE MY MIND: Should Marijuana Be Legalized in Canada?

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Canada and marijuana have a very special relationship. Hey, you can't just go to any country's parliament on a certain April day and partake in...er...wait, what was I just saying?

The majority of Canadians are in favour of decriminalized or legal weed, while some think the penalties for possession should be more severe. The Liberal party of Canada has been in the news for falling squarely in the former camp, with reports and plans that would see the sticky substance creating jobs and being "a new source of tax revenue" for the country.

In this blunt debate, others are opting to puff, puff, pass on such approaches. Under the Conservative government's omnibus crime bill, Bill C-10, mandatory minimum sentences now apply to those charged with even the most minor of marijuana-related offences.

With the recent legalization in Washington and Colorado, Canadians have a chance to look South to see if the new law keeps the peace, or if communities go up in smoke.

Two men who have worked on the front lines of drug regulation are here to weigh in. Scott P. Hilderley, a Corporal in the RCMP Drugs and Organized Crime Awareness Service, and William VanderGraaf, a retired Winnipeg Police Service homicide detective and member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, debate whether marijuana legalization should get the green light.

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