Justin Trudeau’s Policy Priority – Legalizing Marijuana


July 25, 2013


Justin Trudeau has announced one of his very first policy positions as leader of the Liberal Party – that marijuana should be legalized in Canada. Justin said to reporters yesterday “I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I’m in favour of legalizing it.”

The fact that one of Justin Trudeau’s first policy priorities is legalizing marijuana demonstrates once again that he does not have the judgement to be Prime Minister.

These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society. 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, and experts agree:

  • “There are all kinds of implications that I don’t think people are considering carefully enough…it’s still a harmful substance, ultimately.” – Tom Stamatakis, president of the Canadian Police Association
  • “There’s no doubt that [legalizing marijuana] would be an absolutely stupid thing to do, for a number of reasons.” – Dr. Darryl Plecas, former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Research Chair and Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice Research, University College of the Fraser Valley
  • “…cannabis is a currency for organized crime.” –Fraser Macrae, former Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP
  • “One of the main reasons that so many gangs got involved in cannabis grow operations in the Vancouver area is because of the weaker sentences here compared to sentences for trafficking elsewhere, and for trafficking in cocaine and/or heroin. The risk-to-wealth ratio is much better. The small fines they were receiving were simply considered to be the cost of doing business.” –Chuck Doucette, President, Drug Prevention Network of Canada
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