Canada Used 4/20 to Announce Legalisation For Early 2017

Posted on April 21 2016

Canada used the UNGASS drugs conference yesterday to announce that they are planning legislation for early 2017 to legalise cannabis.

"We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals," Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech to delegates.

"We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures. We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem," she said.

The federal Liberal Party of Canada pledged to legalise cannabis when they were elected, but that would breaching three different treaties on drug use that were signed by previous governments. 

The government is getting some dissent from outside the party when it comes to legalization, some people believe there hasn’t been enough movement on the subject yet. 

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair told reporters: 

"There are thousands and thousands of mostly young people who will have criminal records for the rest of their lives because (Prime Minister) Justin Trudeau did not respect his promise to legalise marijuana as soon as he took office,”

Mulcair indicated that if it will take this long to legalise, the government should immediately decriminalise while they sort out a long term solution. 

"It's a massive waste of time, effort and energy of our entire criminal justice system," he said.

While many of us were celebrating 4/20 yesterday, smoking up parks and having a good time, it’s easy to feel in 2016 that the fight is inevitably won. That’s not the case yet, and it won’t be until every adult who wants to smoke cannabis is allowed to. We hope to see legalisation in Canada as soon as possible. 



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