Canada To Legalize Cannabis?
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, of the Conservative Party, has been a known outspoken opposer of cannabis. Recently campaign stop in Montreal, he stated that marijuana is "infinitely worse" than tobacco. "Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage. Marijuana is infinitely worse and it's something that we do not want to encourage," he said.
On the other hand, Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal party, is for cannabis and hopes that the federal elections beginning October 19th will allow his party to work on ending prohibition and constructing a system of regulated and taxed cannabis sales "the right way." The New Democratic Party, another large party in Canada, supports decriminalization but not legalization.
If elected, the new Liberal government platform says it "“will create a federal/provincial/territorial task force, and with input from experts in public health, substance abuse, and law enforcement, will design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied.” The election looks as if it will be a close one, with 56% of Canadian voters supporting legalization and nearly 30% supporting decriminalization. Only a small 14% feel as if cannabis should still be considered a crime.