CANADA: Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has changed his position on the decriminalization of marijuana and now wants to see the drug legalized, taxed and regulated, a stance that has drawn the ire of the Conservative government but applause from pot activists.
Until recently, Trudeau said he backed decriminalization, but expressed skepticism about full-blown legalization, even though his party adopted the position in January 2012.
But while traveling in B.C. this week, as part of a cross-country summer motorhome trip, Trudeau announced first in the Okanagan city of Kelowna Tuesday and then in Vancouver Thursday that he backed legalization.
The Conservative government questioned whether Trudeau has the judgement to be the prime minister.
“These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society,” the party wrote on its website. “We will continue protecting the interests of families across this country.
“Our government has no interest in seeing marijuana legalized or made more easily available to youth.”