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The nervous, joyless journey to legalize marijuana 

By Susan Riley      

Our leaders are in the process of legalizing recreational pot, but they don’t want anyone to think they approve. The grudging message seems to be: you can smoke, as long as you don’t inhale.

Liberal MP Bill Blair, left, and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, pictured Nov. 21 in the House foyer. Ms. Petitpas Taylor last week called for public input on how to package the distasteful product. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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GATINEAU, QUE.—The adults of Canada are deeply conflicted about marijuana. By “adults," I mean most politicians over 30 years old. By “conflicted” I mean that our leaders are in the process of legalizing recreational pot, but they don’t want anyone to think they approve. The grudging message seems to be: you can smoke, as long as you don’t inhale. This is not about fun, not about kicking back on a Friday night with a few government-approved joints, a

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