Canada's liberal government is preparing to introduce legislation which would decriminalize marijuana possession throughout Canada. The Journal of Addiction Research, published in Toronto, reports that a bilí removing all criminal penalties for simple pot possession has already been drafted by Canada's Justice Minister, Otto Lang. h A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A According to Lang, the decriminalization bili is modeled after the recommendalions of Canada's Ledain Commission. The Ledain Commission, a government-appointed study group, recommended three years ago that simple pot offenses be treated only with civil fines - with no jail sentences or criminal sanctions attached. " The new bill as drafted by the Justice Ministry - while treating simple possession as a minor offense - would continue to impose criminal penalties against marijuana suppliers and traffickers. U.S. legal experts have predicted that if Canada decriminalizes pot possession, the United States will probably follow a similar course shortly thereafter.