Marijuana advocates all over Canada are rejoicing with the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party, as this could signify a huge reform on the country’s current drug policies.
For nine years, Canada adopted a repressive approach to drugs under the rule of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper from the Conservative Party. They rolled out mandatory minimum sentences, pushed back supervised injection sites despite evidence that it reduces illegal drug use, and strongly opposed marijuana reform.
The Liberal Party aims to change all those things by legalizing and regulating cannabis, as well as expanding supervised injection sites across the country. They are planning to design a new system of selling and distributing cannabis in a strict but legal manner.
“The Liberal solution is clear: If we pass smart laws and strictly regulate marijuana, we can better protect our kids, while preventing millions of dollars from going into the pockets of criminal organizations and street gangs,” the Liberal Party wrote in a statement.
If this pushes through, Canada can become the second country in the world to legalize all aspects of marijuana, including production, sale, and consumption. It will follow the footsteps of Uruguay, which has already legalized cannabis in 2013. Some states have also legalized pot in the US, and more are planning to follow their footsteps in the next couple of years.
Once Canada legalizes marijuana, it could jump start more drug policy reforms in North America and the rest of the world.
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