Canada’s New Leader Justin Trudeau Says It’s Time To Legalize Marijuana

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Canada’s newly elected leader, Justin Trudeau, hasn’t wasted any time upsetting the nation’s status quo. The leader of Canada’s LiberalParty recently took an impressive victory in Monday’s elections. But more impressive is how quickly he made good on his promise to push for marijuana legalization.

For nine years, the Conservative party has ruled Canada. Core to their polices were draconian drug laws, which many called “regressive” and “reactionary” in nature.

The Tories outright opposed marijuana legalization. But they also promoted mandatory minimum sentences for even marijuana cultivation.

On the other side of the aisle, the Liberal party’s platform included marijuana legalization.

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“We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana,” the party’s official platform states. “We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework.”

Outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper took a very different approach, suggesting that marijuana was “infinitely worse than tobacco.”

Canadian voters handily rejected that position.

Just how many Canadians support marijuana legalization? A CBC Vote Compass poll indicates 56% want full legalization, while an additional 30% prefer decriminalization. There were only 14% who wanted prohibition of the plant.
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Tom Angell of Marijuana Majority had the following to say about the victory for personal freedom north of the U.S. border.

“While US states led the way by becoming the first places in the world to legalize and regulate marijuana in 2012, it looks like Canada could soon leapfrog ahead of us and become the first country in North America to legalize cannabis nationwide,” he explained. “If that happens, it’s not only good news for Canadians who will be able to purchase marijuana from legal and regulated storefronts instead of being treated like criminals. It’s also likely to give reform efforts in the US a bit of a boost — not that we really needed it, but a little friendly competition is always a good motivator. ”

Ethan Nadelmann of the Drug Policy Alliance, commented that “last night’s victory for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party is the single biggest news in global drug policy reform this year.” Nadelmann added, “it promises a 180 degree turn in Canada’s national drug policy both domestically and internationally, and will hopefully inject new energy and direction into planning for the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs six months from now.”
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(Article by M. David and Reagan Ali)

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  1. October 26, 2015

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