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Canadian lawmaker forced to apologise after 'racist' post about Jamaicans and ganja

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canadian-lawmakr.jpgA Canadian legislator has apologised after statements she made about Jamaica were labelled as racist.

The controversial comments by Nova Scotia lawmaker Elizabeth Smith-McCrossin, came during a debate on Tuesday over the Liberal government's proposed Cannabis Control Act.

She said she heard from a friend that smoking marijuana in Jamaica is completely accepted, and there is a completely different work ethic and very low productivity in the island.

She went on to say that Nova Scotia already has a productivity problem, and legalised recreational ganja may only make it worse

Smith-McCrossin apologised in a Facebook post on Wednesday

She said if she had known the statement would cause offense, she would never have made it.

Her apology reads in part: "On April 17, 2018, I made some comments during debate on the government's Cannabis Act that were criticized as racist and insensitive. I am sorry if my comments were hurtful. Had I known that this statement would have caused offense, I would never have made it. These comments do not reflect the views of either the interim leader of the PC Party of Nova Scotia or my caucus colleagues.

As a registered nurse, I have strong views about the public health impact of excessive cannabis use. These concerns have been highlighted elsewhere by former Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan in her Task Force Report to the Government

of Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and Doctors Nova Scotia.

My comments came about as a result of a conversation I had with a friend....."

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