But he says if there are looser pot laws, it would have to happen sooner rather than later because of the volume of justice bills already before Parliament.
MacKay commented before a meeting with law enforcement experts in Vancouver.
But he said that while tickets for pot possession is being considered, the federal government remains opposed to decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana.
N-D-P Leader Thomas Mulcair chimed in yesterday by accusing the Conservatives of “taking a very 1950s approach” to the issue.
He said adults are capable of “making their own choices on these things.”
The N-D-P supports decriminalization, which means the sale of marijuana isn’t fully legalized, but consumers aren’t criminally prosecuted.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau supports legalization.