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Glover says Ignatieff promoted marijuana

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OTTAWA -- The launch of a new anti-drug campaign by the federal government took a decidedly partisan turn Wednesday when Manitoba Conservative MP Shelly Glover suggested Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff finds it acceptable for youth to smoke marijuana.

Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq and Glover were announcing a new TV and social media advertising campaign aimed at teenagers and Glover took the opportunity to make a jab at Ignatieff.

"It's very disturbing as a parent, and as a police officer for almost 19 years, to hear the opposition, in fact the Liberal leader, say to our children that it is OK to take marijuana in small doses," Glover said.

Glover read a quote from Ignatieff where he said he supports the decriminalization of small amounts of marijuana and that he doesn't comment on the "personal lifestyle choices" of friends or colleagues.

Ignatieff's office said Glover took the quote out of context and omitted a line where he said he does not want to legalize marijuana.

-- Postmedia News

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 18, 2010 A12

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