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Tory senators not inclined to rush debate on bill to legalize cannabis

Tory senators not inclined to rush debate on bill to legalize cannabis
From CBC - February 14, 2018

Conservative senators are balking at an attempt to speed up consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, which the Trudeau government hopes to have in place this July.

Sen. Larry Smith, who leads the Conservative caucus in the Senate, insists his senators are not being obstructionist but they are determined to do their duty, which is to provide "constructive evaluation" of legislation.

The government's representative in the Senate, Sen. Peter Harder, said he wants second reading debate on C-45 wrapped up by March 1, after which it would go to committee before returning to the Senate for a final debate and vote.

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