Ontario MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith calls for legalization of personal production

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Courtesy of Lift Magazine

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-2-48-22-pm-1132x670On Friday, December 2, Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, an MP from Ontario, presented an e-petition to Parliament calling for the allowance of personal production of marijuana as part of the Liberal Party’s plans for legalization.

E-Petition 115, initiated in February of this year and sponsored by Erskine-Smith, has gathered over 1500 signatures from people supporting the call to make personal production of cannabis part of the promised regulatory regime being proposed by the Liberal Party. Erskine-Smith has, in the past, broken with his party, calling for the decriminalization of marijuana in the year prior to legalization in order to ensure the immediate end of arrests.

“I’m proud to be a part of a government that ran on a platform of legalizing and regulating marijuana,” said Erskine-Smith in a debate in the House in June of this year. “Prohibition, as any expert will tell you, causes more problems than it proposes to solve.”

“The answer is a regulatory framework based on evidence, but of course, we’re moving towards legalization not now, we’re moving towards legalization a year from now, and my question for the Parliamentary Secretary is this: we face prohibition over this next year, and is not decriminalization a fairer option as a matter of scarce judicial resources and a matter of not affecting young people’s lives negatively, for no reason at all, when we’re legalizing within one year?”

In the same debate, NDP MP Murray Rankin, who introduced the opposition day measure calling on the government to decriminalize personal possession of marijuana, requested the Minister of Justice supply the statistics that show how many Canadians have received charges for basic possession since the Liberals formed Government.

“Can the Minister advise this House how many thousands of Canadians were given criminal records since the Liberals were elected in 2015?,” asked Rankin.

Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould responded that she would find out that information and present it at a later date

Nathaniel Erskine-Smith’s comments can be read and watched below:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to present petition e-115. Over 1,500 Canadians are calling on the government to allow for the personal production of cannabis as part of the upcoming cannabis legalization legislation. I would note that this would be an important aspect if we allow Canadians to grow five or six plants, undermining the black market, one of the key priorities of the legalization framework.

I would note, as the petitioners note, that the personal production of beer, wine, and other fermented alcohol is a legal activity for adults in Canada. Adults who choose to consume cannabis should be granted similar production rights as those who choose alcohol. We should treat Canadians like the responsible adults they are.

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6 comments on “Ontario MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith calls for legalization of personal production
  1. LET CANADIANS GROW UP TO SIX PLANTS FOR SELF USE.. THIS WILL STOP A LOT OF THE BLACK MARKET THAT THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT SAYS THEY WANT TO STOP.. THE PRICE OF POT THAT IS OR WILL BE SOLD THROUGH OVER THE COUNTER METHODS WILL NOT BE LOW ENOUGH TO UNDERCUT AND DISPLACE THE BLACK MARKET..JUST LIKE THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE EVIDENT IN THE CIGARETTE TOBACCO INDUSTRY AND THE BLACK MARKET,,,

  2. Prohibition is and has not enriched the lives of the Canadian people. The number of persons arrested and fined/jailed should be the number of politicians loosing their jobs. The PM should fall on this blade first…if he had more honor than contempt for the suffering canadian Patient. Kids were safe before he arrived on the seen. parents throughout this great country did their best to raise the future of this great country. But like everything else the government must control the life out of it till it expires and kids now somehow require the safety that only Mr. Trudeau and his rich buddies can provide. If a black market does exist…I’m certain Mr. trudeau is running it. Shamefully!

  3. If the PM won’t sign off on this, maybe he should grant a grow permit for ALL of the Veterans that are on MMJ of which he has slashed 70 % of their legal prescription!!!

  4. Well done Nathan! Legalization without allowing a person to grow a few plants is NOT legalization — without allowing personal production, this will not be legalization — it will be a dismal failure.

  5. Wow. How about you free the slaves so they can ‘earn’ a living? We can’t all be rent seeking parasites. “Six plaints” is paint by numbers globalist piracy.

  6. ‘Treating’ Canadians like ‘adults’ (presuming you don’t mean those still in diapers) doesn’t mean institutionalizing them like babies per the LiftcannabisTweed schemes.

    This is a backended coup to have the public accept the pre-ordained globalist six plant imposition in securement of their ghettoconomy.

    I do not support it. I will not be duped into fighting for my chains. Weed is not the carcinogen alcohol or nicotine and should not be treated like them which only means all of the profit falls into single pockets. You don’t speak for me.

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