Cannabis added to Opium and Narcotics Drug Act 1923: Cannabis is added to the Opium and Narcotics Drug Act. Controlled Drugs and Substances Act 1996: Jean Chretien’s Liberal government passes the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, which imposes a maximum three-year jail sentence and a $5,000 fine for any contraventions. Bill C-38 2002: Urged on by Justice Minister Martin Cauchon, the Liberal government, tries to push through Bill C-38, an act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and other legislation to permit possession of marijuana with only a fine as punishment. The bill died during prorogation. Marc Emery 2010: Vancouver pro-pot activist Marc Emery (seen on the poster) is extradited to the United States to face drug charges relating to his seed-selling business. InSite 2011: The Supreme Court of Canada rules that InSite, a safe injection facility on the Downtown Eastside, can continue to provide services for addicts. Stephen Harper 2012: Conservative government under Prime Minister Stephen Harper passes an omnibus crime bill with mandatory minimum sentences for possession of marijuana. Dana Larsen 2012: Activist Dana Larsen starts an initiative petition in B.C. to stop police from enforcing simple possession-and-use laws for adults. He later withdraws the petition, saying he wants more time to organize volunteers.
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