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This MP Said Growing Pot At Home Is Like "Putting Fentanyl On A Shelf Within Reach Of Kids"

Peter Kent criticized the plan to let people grow up to four pot plants at home after Canada legalizes marijuana next year.

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Canada is set to legalize marijuana in 2018, but some people seem to think that's as bad as handing out opioids to children.

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The Liberal government's legislation — the Cannabis Act — will allow people to grow up to four pot plants at home. But some Conservatives say this will give minors easy access to cannabis, with one Ontario MP even comparing homegrown pot plants to fentanyl.

"Kids are going to harvest leaves. Kids are going to experiment. What we are doing is virtually the same as putting fentanyl on a shelf within reach of kids," Peter Kent said. "Having plants in homes is just as wacky, just as unacceptable, and just as dangerous for Canadian society."

MP Peter Kent, Thornhill ON: Home grown cannabis is "virtually the same as putting fentanyl on a shelf within reach… https://t.co/xWWEEzgtZd

Kent has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Liberal push for legalization. He has called it a “wacky campaign promise” and a “misguided crusade” that the Liberal government is “determined to force” onto Canadians.

Kent's fentanyl comparison is being roundly mocked by some people.

And the stupidest quote in the cannabis debate goes to... https://t.co/nXzFPeIwsw

People are calling it out as an example of ignorance about cannabis.

What a load of uneducated garbage. He nearly went as far as to call it "Wacky Tabbacy" https://t.co/zcQ5bzjKAR

"Watch out for those marijuana fentanyl plants, kids!"

Watch out for those marijuana fentanyl plants, kids! #FakeNews https://t.co/Oo5QxWEp3z

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid commonly described as being 100 times more powerful than morphine. It has contributed to hundreds of overdose deaths across Canada in 2017 alone.

Nobody has ever died of a marijuana overdose.

Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.

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