CANADA: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently told a crowd of supporters in British Columbia that he supports legalizing marijuana. Previously, his position had been favoring decriminalization, but the Montreal MP now believes that marijuana should be legalized, regulated and taxed.
Good. It’s time. I have no skin in this game from the consumer’s viewpoint — I’m probably the only Canadian born after the Flower Generation that has never touched the stuff (the smell has always brought to mind barbecued urinal cakes. No thanks). But as a citizen, I can’t support committing any police or court resources to prosecuting recreational marijuana users, or those who grow small amounts for personal consumption. Even if such efforts supported a worthy end — and even that’s debatable — the effort has been proven such a catastrophic failure that it astonishes me that anyone still thinks this ought to be something we invest time, energy and resources into.
Good on Justin Trudeau — and the 77% of party delegates who voted in favour of decriminalization at the last Liberal party convention — for taking this stand. But I must quibble with his stated reasoning. Trudeau told the crowd that he wants to legalize and regulate marijuana to keep it out of the hands of children.
Yeah, ’cause kids have such a hard time getting their hands on booze.