According to an Angus Reid poll, the majority of Canadians think marijuana should be legalized, while in the U.S., even the majority of Republicans support the idea for the first time ever.
It seems cannabis consumption is becoming a societal norm.
According to the Trudeau Liberals and Alberta NDP who support the measure, pot legalization is all rosy.
Marijuana is a taxable commodity after all, and the industry will diversify the economy. Proponents also say legalization will prevent kids from using, and will reduce the number of cannabis related arrests and prosecutions.
The Alberta NDP’s “no tolerance” approach for youth under 18 means no criminal charges would be laid and possession of up to five grams, would result in a slap on the wrist.
So much for keeping pot out of the hands of kids!
Also, possession and consumption of marijuana will be removed from the Canadian Criminal Code once legislation is passed.
Similar measures have passed in both Washington and Colorado and the result has been increases in cannabis related arrests, DUIs and accidents.