CANADA: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, who only recently expressed support for the legalization of cannabis, smoked marijuana as recently as three years ago after he’d already been elected an MP.
In an interview with The Huffington Post Canada, Mr. Trudeau said that he’s smoked marijuana five or six times in his life, and that the last time was about three years ago at his home in Montreal. Mr. Trudeau has been an MP for Papineau since 2008.
“We had a few good friends over for a dinner party, our kids were at their grandmother’s for the night, and one of our friends lit a joint and passed it around. I had a puff,” he told HuffPost.
Despite this, he added that marijuana “has never really done anything for me,” and that he has never experimented with any harder drugs.
Mr. Trudeau’s admission comes after all three major party leaders were asked by the Huffington Post when they had last smoked marijuana. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he had never smoked pot, citing his asthma condition. NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair, meanwhile, told the website that he has smoked marijuana in the past, but declined to say when.
In the interview, Mr. Trudeau also revealed that his younger brother Michel, who died while skiing in 1998, was facing marijuana possession charges before his death.
Those charges stemmed from a car accident Michel had been in months before his death, Mr. Trudeau said.
“One of the cops cleaning up the scene found a little cigarette box with a bit of pot in it,” Mr. Trudeau said.
He said that his brother’s experience was one of the factors that led him to support decriminalizing marijuana.
In late July, the Liberal Leader told reporters his position on marijuana had “evolved,” making him the first leader of a major Canadian political party to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.
“I was more hesitant to even decriminalize not so much as five years ago,” he told The Globe at the time. “But I did a lot of listening, a lot of reading, and a lot of paying attention to the very serious studies that have come out and I realize that going the road of legalization is actually a responsible thing to look at and to do.”