Justin Trudeau canada liberal party marijuana cannabis
Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Would A Liberal Party Election Victory Lead To Marijuana Legalization In Canada?

Justin Trudeau canada liberal party marijuana cannabis
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Canada’s federal election will take place on October 19th. There will be a lot at stake, as there usually is during a federal election. But there will especially be a lot at stake when it comes to the future of marijuana reform in Canada. If Conservative Party candidate Stephen Harper is elected, he will surely do everything that he can to thwart reform efforts. He recently stated that marijuana is ‘infinitely worse’ than tobacco, which obviously flies in the face of scientific research. If Liberal Party candidate Justin Trudeau is elected, he claims that his party will get started on marijuana reform ‘right away.’

So what would the Liberal Party effort look like? Below is a new policy position that was released by the Liberal Party recently that outlines their vision:

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.

What do TWB readers think? Do you plan on voting for Justin Trudeau? If so, why? If not, why?

  • saynotohypocrisy

    I think the Liberal policy position should spell out that alcohol and tobacco are far, far more dangerous than cannabis, to complement the other reasons given for wanting to legalize weed. Harper is an extremely creepy fascist.demagogue, if I was into prayer, I would be praying my heart out that Canadians have had enough of his hatemongering.

  • you have to understand the canadian spectrum a little, first. the conservatives are somewhere between rinos and right-wing democrats; they’re to the left of the democrats on a lot of issues. the liberals are somewhere closer to the green party. and, there’s a “new democratic party” that has historically been further to the left but, in this election, has tried to plonk itself somewhere in between the liberals and the conservatives. so, they support decriminalization first, and then a panel to study the issue [which sounds like legalization, but, then, why not just say that?].

    what that means is that the liberals command what you could call the canadian equivalent of the tipper gore vote, and that they have to present the issue in a certain way.

    of course, they’re right, though. the status quo in canada is de facto decriminalization. regulation will certainly make it harder for kids under 18 in most places – this is ultimately a province-by-province issue once the federal law is abolished – to get access, and who argues that this isn’t positive? i mean, you can work in a grey area down to 16, but who is in favour of 14 year-olds smoking pot? yet, is that not the average age of first toke?

    the media is downplaying the issue. but, i suspect it’s a bigger vote driver than is being reported, even if people don’t want to actually admit it.

    but, will it actually happen? it’s a first step. the provinces have to step up and implement it. that’s going to happen unevenly. but, it’s also a populist issue that will likely threaten right-wing provincial governments, and that in itself is a positive.

    expect it to happen fairly quickly in british columbia and ontario. the quebec liberals are strange animals, so that’s a little less clear, but it’s a matter of time. out east, eventually. the prairie provinces may lag a little. the ndp government in alberta may even use it as an excuse to prove they’re not really left-wing. but, you get the point: it’s a lot of haggling at the provincial level, after the federal law comes down. which, i guess, is the opposite of the way it’s being done in the united states.

  • “Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse.”–Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

    http://www.vox.com/2015/10/5/9446749/marijuana-tobacco-stephen-harper

    • Jerry Cook

      Can someone educate this ignorant person? Ignorance is no way to set policy…nor is being bought off by opposing profits, if thats the case. Justin would be far better, but he too needs to know driving under the influence can actually make a driver drive better, not worse, according to research. Any driving charge should require failing an impairment test first.

      • Darrin Fiddler

        Have you seen what Harper does with science and truth? Muzzles scientists and destroys libraries. This is why the bastard is so ignorant, and most Canadians can’t wait for his departure. (11 more days!) As for Trudeau and the Liberals, they are pro-pipeline/tar sands, as well as supporters of the secret police bill C-51. They can’t win either. It’s gotta be NDP, but not sure where their stance is on pot.

        • ihatethugs

          Ndp will decriminalize… as for bill c-51… That was in 2009… And that wasent Trudeau…. 85% of canadians really dont know whats in detail of C-51… Because of it… you can declare yourself as an american…

  • Flush Kun

    I faill to understand why Trudeau does not mention anything about the health benefits MJ has. Or! The fact that, the MJ industry is in the billions of dollars in Canada alone. Don’t get me wrong, i’m all for keeping weed of our kids hands. It should not be his #1 reason though, only reason why he uses this, is because the majority of people will be more sensitive to a chidrens cause then any other. Not the fact that thousands of jobs created across the country, a union for growers, (or they could join the National farmers union), at least one billion$ in tax revenue and the number one reason, no more buying bad weed.

    Joke aside, there are many more reasons why MJ should be legalized. Harper does not understand the fact that, if you want to control something, the best way is to actually have control of it. With 4 state, and more soon to follow, to legalize MJ, it’s only a matter of time before we do the same, on a nation wide scale.

    Some say, that the states wont allow it to be, yet. I say, when first implemented, only with a vallid Canadian I.D would one be allowed to purchase MJ in any form and leave. While visitors may not be allowed to buy buds at all and leave, but instead, consume on site, like at a cannabis Caffe or other. Only in consumable form, the no smoking laws in public places will apply for MJ to, thats a given.

    • ihatethugs

      Dont worry… Americans are not interested coming here for pot.. Remember, they have their own

  • ihatethugs

    Ive seen that MJ sells for about $4 a gram in a vending machine, on sale in B.C… The “Black market” would be wiped out with legalization.. There would be no profit for the grower or dealer. There income would cease immediately.. This will also hurt the cocaine industry thats funded by MJ… “Thank god”

    Good bye Harper…

    Trudeau has an open book policy and had all his cabinet report their expenses.. Canada setting the goal for opening the books… the way it should be…
    bravo trudeau