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John Tory supports decriminalization of marijuana

In a move that won't make him any friends with the federal Tories, John Tory cautiously confirmed his support for the decriminalization of marijuana yesterday. According to the Star, the mayor characterized discussion around the sale of cannabis as "a positive step forward for Canada." That's not exactly a fist-pumping endorsement, but it's clear enough where Tory's allegiances lie.

While the sale of marijuana is currently prohibited in Toronto, the city's Medical Officer of Health has been tasked with a review of the matter partially in response to a major report from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) that calls for the decriminalization cannabis.

Vancouver recently voted to licence the sale of medical marijuana, a possible first step toward wider regulation of the industry. Depending on the results of the MOH's review and the upcoming federal election, Toronto might also rethink how marijuana is controlled.


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