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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    While on the campaign trail, Justin Trudeau said he would get to work “right away” on a policy to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana sales in Canada. With Trudeau’s election as prime minister Tuesday, the big questions now are when and how will Canada legalize pot?

    "We don't yet know exactly [at] what rate we're going to be taxing it, how we're going to control it, or whether it will happen in the first months, within the first year, or whether it's going to take a year or two to kick in," Trudeau said while campaigning in British Columbia Oct. 1, the CBC reported.

    Despite the lack of a comprehensive plan or timeline, shares in marijuana companies, including Canopy Growth and Mettrum, rose Tuesday, Bloomberg reported. “I think what you’ll see perhaps, after this election … is a recognition that there is an opportunity to collect taxes on something that is already being sold into the market illegally or illicitly,” said Bruce Linton, the chief executive of Canopy Growth, speaking with the Guardian.

    If Trudeau follows through on his campaign promise, it would make Canada the first developed nation to legally implement the legalization of marijuana.

    Liberal leader Justin Trudeau waves during a campaign rally in Calgary, Alberta, Oct. 18, 2015. Reuters/Chris Wattie

    The director of communications for Trudeau’s campaign said Liberals would work to design a “Canadian model” for legalization, drawing on models such as the state of Colorado in the U.S., which allows people over 21 years of age to have 1 ounce of marijuana in their possession.

    "To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana," the Liberal Party policy platform said.

    Roughly 86 percent of Canadian respondents in a CBC voter survey favored either legalization or decriminalization of marijuana for personal use. A majority, 75 percent, of the more historically strict Conservative voters now also favor Trudeau’s stance. Only 14 percent of respondents said it should be a criminal offense to possess marijuana.

    While campaigning, Trudeau promised to change policies carried out by the Conservative government under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau also said he wanted Canada to stop participating in the bombing campaign in Iraq against the Islamic State terrorist group.

    By Lydia Tomkew - The Raw Story/Oct. 22, 2015
    Photo: Nicholas Kamm, Agence France-Presse
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alien Sex Fiend
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  2. Alfa
    If they follow through shortly then this will greatly affect other countries. Especially the USA and commonwealth nations like Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
  3. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Wow this is great news.

    This would be the first western country to fully legalize recreational use so it would be potentially an important precedent.
  4. Alfa
    If they want to respect international treaties they would either need to opt out or only legalize small amounts.
  5. C.D.rose
    [noparse]As I said in the other news article thread, one possible source of obstruction of a cannabis legalization bill is the Canadian Senate (whose general structure is, for obvious reasons, similar to that of the House of Lords in the UK). The Conservative Party appears to have a majority there, at least if one excludes the 22 seats that are currently vacant.[/noparse]

    I really don't know anything about the self-perception of the members of that House, so I couldn't say in how far they would be willing to vote against what appears to be a clear public opinion: "According to Vote Compass, 75 [noparse]per cent of Conservative supporters favour either decriminalization or legalization of marijuana for personal use, compared to 86 per cent of respondents overall. [...] Overall, 56 per cent of respondents said pot should be legalized, 30 per cent said it should be decriminalized and only 14 per cent said it should it remain a criminal offence."

    What would be a possible compromise is decriminalization, but I'd find that would be a rather disappointing outcome.[/noparse]
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