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Canada out of step internationally, Parliamentary debate over marijuana ‘overdue,’ say experts

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  Fueled by a “great misunderstanding” of cannabis laws among Canadians, the country is moving in the opposite direction from what’s happening internationally with making possession charges more lax, and a Parliamentary debate on marijuana is “overdue,” say experts. “In Germany, in Spain and Italy, Portugal, they actually decriminalized all forms of drug possession,” University of Toronto criminology and sociology professor Patricia Erickson said, calling Canada “retrograde” when it comes to cannabis. “Europe has moved ahead, Australia has

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