Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says marijuana decriminalization is not the answer — but full legalization is.
“Getting the point of sale out of the hands of criminals, and controlling who we sell it to, will make our system safer. Decriminalization does nothing to control the age of who’s buying it, or who gets to make money from selling it.”
The 44-year old Liberal Party leader campaigned on legalizing cannabis and beat out the anti-pot two-time Conservative Party Prime Minister Stephen Harper in October.
However, the legalization Trudeau promised proved not so easy, at least for now.
Canada adheres to at least three international treaties that would have to be addressed before the country can go full rec.
The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, aren’t the only barriers to legalization. The movement still faces obstacles at home. Although Canada has legal Medical Marijuana, dozens of pot shops were shut down last week for selling marijuana to unlicensed customers.
Trudeau is still fighting for legal weed, although he says when it happens in Canada, he won’t personally take part. Trudeau has repeatedly admitting to having tried pot, but says he’s not a smoker.
“I lived in Whistler for a few years, and I was certainly surrounded by a lot of friends who did, but it was just never my thing,” Trudeau said. “I don’t even drink coffee, I don’t like the jolt it gives me. When I told people I don’t drink coffee, it made far more of an uproar than when I told people I once…smoked a joint.”