Published on October 30th, 2015 | by News Feed
Justin Trudeau Pledges Marijuana Will Be Legalized In Canada
Marijuana activists in Canada have been facing the same issues as the activists in the United States. There is a majority of the citizens that desire legalization of marijuana and very few politicians who will deliver. As the United States continues to arrests and prohibits the use of marijuana, Canada has elected a new class of political leaders that are pledging to end the countries prohibition on marijuana.
Justin Trudeau is the presumed future Prime Minister of Canada. His father, Pierre, is a well-known figure and a former Prime Minister himself. The Trudeau name carries much weight and respect in Canada and many think that Justin will be the right man for the right job at the right time. Trudeau admits that marijuana legalization is important to him and that he himself uses marijuana from time to time.
The stance of the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau stands in stark comparison to that of the conservative party and the former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Harper led a crackdown on the use of marijuana and even called the plant more harmful than tobacco. While many are expecting a quick transition some are more pessimistic about the ability of the government to change policy so fast. The Liberal Party, with Trudeau as its mouthpiece, stated the following…
“The Liberal Party is committed to legalizing and regulating marijuana,” he said. “We are going to get started on that right away.” When asked how soon “right away” would occur, Trudeau had a less than clear answer.
“We don’t yet know exactly what rate we’re going to be taxing it, how we’re going to control it, or whether it will happen in the first months, within the first year, or whether it’s going to take a year or two to kick in.”
Mike Harcourt is the former premier of British Columbia and is also the chairman of a medical marijuana company. He is hopeful that the newly elected parliament and leadership will offer a more intelligent approach to marijuana.
“I think the legalization of the recreational part, dealing with dispensaries, and dealing with provinces and all of that will require an act or parliament,” Harcourt said. “So, it will probably have to wait until next spring or summer, if it is a high priority for the government.”
Time is the greatest measuring stick for all policy and it will take time before we know the full spectrum of the recent elections. It is hoped that the newly formed government will move quickly, legalize marijuana, and set a precedent for the rest of the industrialized world.
Is marijuana legalization a big deal to you? Is this a topic you care about when you go to the polls to vote?