Canada promise to legalise cannabis

Canada’s new Prime Minister Just Trudeau has promised cannabis legalisation policy since becoming Liberal leader two years ago and hios Government has repated it’s pledge.

The Guardian reports: Canada’s new Liberal government repeats promise to legalize marijuana

Canada’s new Liberal government has repeated its pledge to legalize marijuana in a speech outlining its agenda as parliament resumes after the 19 October election.

A speech delivered by governor general David Johnston reiterated new prime minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana. It is a position Trudeau has held since becoming leader of the Liberal party in 2013. However, for the first time, the government said it will restrict access to marijuana but did not elaborate.

Trudeau has said that legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help remove the “criminal element” linked to the drug. He also has said Canadians would benefit from analyzing the experiences of Colorado and Washington state, which recently legalized pot.

I think it’s just a matter of time before this change of tack on recreational cannabis use works it’s way around the Western world at least.

I wonder if Trudeau talked to John Key about this when they met recently at an APEC meeting.

 

 

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  1. Kevin

     /  6th December 2015

    As a first step why not just have possession of drugs up to a certain amount and according to what the drug is, have a maximum punishment of a fine with no court record? The fine could be administered by police as and when the see fit, such as when a person is making a nuisance of himself.

    So for example if someone was caught with two joints they would say, face a fine of $50. Or say a 80mcg tab of acid, maybe a fine of $75. Or say 50mg of MDMA, perhaps a $75 fine as well. The amount allowed would be based on the threshold of the particular drug.

    This is very similar to the Belgian approach and drug use has gone down there.

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  2. Canada dons the mantle of most socially progressive (small ‘p’) nation on earth yet again. A place NZ once held and gave up long ago to follow the neoliberal Bison herd.

    Miight be a glimmer of post-neoliberal common sense perhaps? “We’re all for freedom”!

    Any interim step towards decriminalization would be good Kevin, but do you see them passing laws for “in the interim”? More likely the scientific investigations will drag on for years, despite plenty of evidence from US states and other nations.

    You’re talking about the police exercising discernment and discretion; an complete oxymoron. The judiciary are apparently not allowed to do so either.

    Didn’t do it for KvG in Kaikohe. Mustn’t under any circumstances do it for HDPA.

    What I hope it does create is a space for other political parties to incorporate ‘recreational drug law rationalization’ into their policy platforms.

    God I hope I live to see the day. A whole criminal element of society wiped away with the stroke of a pen!

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    • Kevin

       /  6th December 2015

      “Any interim step towards decriminalization would be good Kevin, but do you see them passing laws for “in the interim”? More likely the scientific investigations will drag on for years, despite plenty of evidence from US states and other nations.”

      Why not? Belgium has. The point is it would provide support for further decriminalisation as people find no evidence of addiction rates soaring.

      “You’re talking about the police exercising discernment and discretion; an complete oxymoron. The judiciary are apparently not allowed to do so either.”

      I’m confident that the cops would apply the law fairly. And if someone feels that they’ve been victimised there of course be remedies available.

      I’m all for legalisation of marijuana but if we’re going to legalise marijuana why not other drugs. Pot is by far the most popular of illegal drugs but it’s not the least harmful. So why not legalise those less harmful drugs as well?

      http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2010/11/drugs_cause_most_harm

      Note how alcohol is at the top. Some critics have said that the reason alcohol is at the top is because it’s freely available and used more often but as I understand the authors have taken this into account. The only criticism I would make is I think mushrooms, ecstasy, LSD etc should be higher up – it’s not so much those drugs themselves but what people do why they are under the influence of those drugs.

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      • Very useful graph Kevin, thanks for posting it.
        The comparison of harm-to-self and harm-to-others is incredibly telling, is it not?

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  3. Good onya Justin.. 🙂 🙂

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