In the lead up to a key senate vote on the Cannabis Act, Conservative senator Nicole Eaton demonstrated with absurdist aplomb that even after months of debate on Bill C-45, these lifetime appointees may not understand what cannabis is, how it’s consumed or what’s in the act.
“Five grams is about four tokes,” Sen. Eaton said with a straight face. “In other words, if I’m in high school and I’m 16, I’ve got four tokes in my pocket which is under five grams, so you don’t just take it away from me, but I’m allowed to possess it, right? Or is that the wording… the wording I’m allowed... I’m allowed to have five grams or I’m allowed to have 0 grams… I don’t quite understand.”
— :crescent_moon:David Brown (@drowbb) March 22, 2018
There are 93 seats in the Senate and most of the 54 independent and Liberal senators are supportive of the act. But CBC reports that not every senator, many of whom are independents, will be in attendance because the agriculture committee is in Calgary and the Aboriginal peoples committee is working in Winnipeg. The 33 Conservative senators are expected to vote against the bill.
Oh, and just to be clear for any senators reading this – a toke is a single inhalation from a joint. A gram-size toke? Well, that would be quite a haul.
The senate will hold their vote at second reading today.
Update: Senator Eaton clarified her statements from yesterday on Twitter.
Just a clarification. I misspoke at Senate Legal committee. I said "toke", but I meant "joint" during questioning on Bill C-45. My point remains the same: children will be allowed to legally possess several joints of cannabis under the proposed federal law.
— Senator Nicole Eaton (@SenNicoleEaton) March 22, 2018