Tory senators say they need time to evaluate bill to legalize marijuana

Conservative senators are balking at an attempt to speed up consideration of a bill to legalize recreational marijuana.

Senator Larry Smith has indicated that he and his fellow Tories need more time to provide what he calls ``constructive evaluation''of Bill C-45.

The government's representative in the Senate served notice this week that he wants second reading debate on the bill wrapped up by March 1st.

If various factions don't agree to that timetable, Senator Peter Harder has warned he'll move to cut off debate, a tactic he's avoided using until now.

The bill has been before the Senate since November, but only one Conservative senator has spoken on it thus far.

Barring time allocation to cut debate short, Senate rules allow debate to be delayed indefinitely as long as a single senator still wants to speak.