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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford calls for decriminalising pot

Published on Jan 10, 2014 5:57 AM
 
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford shown during a special council meeting at City Hall in Toronto in this Nov 18, 2013, photo. Mr Ford, who has admitted to having smoked "a lot" of pot and was once caught with a joint by Florida police, called on Thursday for marijuana decriminalisation. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

MONTREAL (AFP) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to having smoked "a lot" of pot and was once caught with a joint by Florida police, called on Thursday for marijuana decriminalisation.

"That's a debate that has been going on for years up in Canada," the mayor was quoted by local dailies as telling a Washington radio show, The Sports Junkies.

"We have medicinal marijuana so a lot of people that are sick use it but (the federal government) won't legalise it or decriminalise it (and) I don't think they are going to ever do it unless the government changes," he added.

Mr Ford went on to say he has questioned the current prohibition. "Why wouldn't they at least decriminalise it and try to get revenue from it?" he said.

 
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