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What Justin Trudeau’s Win Means For Marijuana Legalization

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By Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director

Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau has defeated incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper to become Canada’s next Prime Minister. Trudeau’s win is expected to usher in a new wave of political priorities, with marijuana legalization nearing the top of the list.

From the Liberal Party’s website:

We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.

Arresting and prosecuting these offenses is expensive for our criminal justice system. It traps too many Canadians in the criminal justice system for minor, non-violent offenses. At the same time, the proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs.

To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.

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.

We will create a federal/provincial/territorial task force, and with input from experts in public health, substance abuse, and law enforcement, will design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied.

In his quest to become Prime Minister, Trudeau actively campaigned on a platform that included taxing and regulating marijuana.

“What is very clear right now is that Mr. Harper’s current approach is making marijuana too easy to access for our kids, and at the same time funding street crime, organized gangs and gun runners,” Trudeau said.

The Liberal leader also said he would “work with the provinces to makes sure that the control and regulation of marijuana is done in a way that is responsible.” And he repeatedly stated, “”My focus is on making it more difficult for young people to access it.”

While a concrete timeline has not been provided as to when Canadians can expect a legal and regulated marijuana market, Trudeau has promised to get to work on the changes “right away”.

For more information please contact our NORML Canada chapter, here.

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  • calvet11

    I hear good things coming from the mouth of the new Canadian Prime Minister. The man is saying the right things that got him elected. Now hold his feet to the fire, don’t let him slide out like we let Obama.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      Obama never promised as much as Trudeau and the Liberals have, but he did promise to be guided by science in making policy and by keeping cannabis schedule 1, he has ‘slide out’ from his commitments. Shame on him and on Congress, they also have the power to change this crime against patients

  • Closet Warrior

    I voted for Obama 1st time around and then he back peddled into obscurity and let all the little guys like me and you fight in the trenches for our right to medicate and or meditate. Hopefully Sanders will win the election and stay true to his words. Then we will be able to truely feel the BURN.

  • Closet Warrior

    Sanders/Bluemenaur 2016 Feel the Bluemen Bern!!!

    • Lawrence Goodwin

      I propose Sanders/Johnson. Or even West/Sanders. Earl Blumenauer should remain a very effective cannabis champion in the U.S. Congress. We need as many of them as we can get. Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor and equally passionate cannabis advocate, already has a presidential campaign under his belt. Jane West, brilliant co-founder of Women Grow, can lead our nation more beautifully than anyone. Feel the Jane/Bern!

  • jontomas

    I don’t want to be a damper, but there’s some deja vu here. It seems like it was before the Harper government began, Canada was set to legalize, then the U.S. government applied much pressure, and Canada backed down.

    Does anyone think the U.S. isn’t applying that same kind of pressure now? – Does anyone think it’s a coincidence we had the greatest media propaganda blitz in years yesterday – with hundreds of media outlets trumpeting the same “Marijuana Use And Abuse Doubling In The Last Decade Due To Marijuana Legalization” story?

    I hope the times have made things different, but I fear they haven’t.

    • saynotohypocrisy

      The Liberals were unequivocal on the subject. They didn’t leave themselves any wiggle room. I expect them to honor their pledge. A lot of their supporters will be very disgusted with them if they don’t. It isn’t mentioned in their platform, but Trudeau has said he considers it an issue of personal freedom, which was encouraging to learn.

      If more people are using cannabis than we thought, then it’s safety record is even more impressive then we thought. When it comes to likelihood of causing catastrophe, the contrast between alcohol and marijuana is extreme, and it’s up to the alcohol supremacists to explain why the indisputably safer substance should be the one that’s illegal.

      It should be quite a debate in the Canadian Parliament, and debate has always been good for our side.

      • jontomas

        I hope you’re right. The problem is marijuana prohibition is a deeply entrenched corruption that supports police, prosecutors, prisons, alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, the drug testing drug “treatment” industries, money laundering banks the millionaire drug gangs themselves and the myriad ancillary industries that service and sell to those powerful groups.

        Because the great fraud has existed so long, it permeates every level of society. – Authors like Catherine Austin Fitts have stated it is so omnipresent, the U.S. economy would collapse without it. – So it could even be considered a national security issue to maintain it.

        I hope I’m wrong. I’ve just always wanted to go through life with eyes wide open.

        Former CIA Director William Colby said:

        >>>”The Latin American drug cartels have stretched their tentacles much deeper into our lives than most people believe. It’s possible they are calling the shots at all levels of government.”

        • saynotohypocrisy

          Had not heard that Colby quote before, that’s quite a statement from someone with his experience.

          But as far as Canada legalizing, I don’t think they’re in any mood to be dictated to by us. and the threat to create traffic jams at the border might be empty, it hurts everyone crossing and would probably backfire at this point. I’m looking forward to having Liberal MP’s, and hopefully New Democrats and others, rise in Parliament to deal with every argument prohibitionists make, one by one, with the world watching.
          The contrast between cannabis and killers alcohol, tobacco and prescription opiates is just too glaring to be ignored anymore, with the internet playing a most helpful role in that.
          The real struggle might be over getting hard drugs suitably regulated instead of prohibited. Maybe the corrupt elites will decide they better save what’s left of their credibility for that fight.

          As far as legalization messing with a money laundering dependent economy, they’ll still have their hard drug profits, and if money launderers go bankrupt, honest companies will move in to take their place. No doubt some innocent people’s livelihood will be hurt by the transition, but many millions of people will have a lot more money in their pocket, and spend it on more socially useful things than the cartels and gangs will, in ways that build the community and honest economy.
          If everything was legalized, everywhere, all at once, I could see that having severe unpredictable consequences.
          I’m not so much worried by economic collapse from legalization as I am by a wave of suddenly unemployed narcos in places like Mexico and Central America.

          • jontomas

            I agree with all you say. There will be some pain in the transition to a legal marijuana market, but it’s an absolutely necessary pain to end the monstrous, world-wide persecution.

            What I’m worried about are the corrupt elite in power. The reigns have not been moved in the U.S. The same old oligarchy is still in control. – Hopefully, we will be changing all that soon.

      • calvet11

        Unfortunately honor and politics rarely are found to be BFF. It’s all about the MONEY. The scales have tipped in favor of cannabis and hemp, because it is now becoming profitable. It should be on the rise because it is good for humans, not because you can get tax money from it.

    • ihatethugs

      Your absolutely correct about the Americans threatening diplomatic sanctions on Canada for legalizing pot.. These threats go back to the late 80’s and early 90’s. The Americans will not play that game this time around nor would Trudeau give 2 cents to what they say if they did….One thing the Americans are shorthanded on.. is Friends… You cant be a bully forever…

  • doc

    Make sure all smokers remember Trudeau in 4 years, when weed is still illegal.

    Who u gonna vote for then? back to Conservative? hahahahahahahahah

    Be content in your “freedom”

  • Jeandre Gerber Pretorius

    They will legalize. They are already talking about international trade wit Jamaica and Uruguay. Canada just wants to be one of the first international States to capitalize on the new industry.