If you don’t know that Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau wants to legalize marijuana, you must be living under a rock! Seriously; that was a huge part of his campaign appeal, especially when it came to freethinking folks!
Canada’s Health Minister, Jane Philpott recently told the UN during a General Assembly in New York, that Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year! At this point it’s within a mere 6 months!
As noted on the liberal.ca site:
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.
Ms. Philpott assured that legislation to be introduced in spring 2017 will take extra precaution to keep marijuana out of reach of children and profits out of the hands of criminals!
“We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures. We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem,” she said.
The health minister said the government’s proposed marijuana policy challenges the status quo, but will enhance the safety of youth.
It should be noted that Canada’s plans are contentious for some other UN members and Philpott said that she is aware states will take different approaches on the matter, but is hopeful they can find common ground to create a comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate drug policy.
Is the legalization policy proposed by the Liberals just another broken promise? Why are there talks of criminals? What about the thousands of mostly young people who will have criminal records for the rest of their lives? How will the laws vindicate them or will it continue to criminalize, otherwise law abiding citizens?
(Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau promised to work on legalize marijuana as soon as he took office… The wait is almost over! Stay Tuned!