OCTOBER 20, 2015: Yesterday, Canadians voted to elect a new Prime Minister, and in doing so may have also decided the fate of marijuana within the country. The winner was Justin Trudeau of Canada’s Liberal Party. Trudeau has vowed to legalize marijuana, arguing that the current system has led to increased crime, high costs within the judicial system, and countless Canadians needlessly having criminal records. He says he will get to work on legalizing cannabis right away.
Justin Trudeau is the son of former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He is a teacher and activist by trade and is the second-youngest Prime Minister to be elected in Canada. In a landslide victory, Justin defeated the incumbent Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) candidate Stephen Harper and the New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Tom Mulcair. The Liberal Party platform was built on the idea of change, and Justin’s election indicates a shift in political power and voice towards a younger generation more willing to deviate from tradition and do something like, say, legalize marijuana.
It will be interesting to see how Trudeau is able to implement his plan, and what it will mean for the international community in terms of drug prohibition. Stay tuned for more updates on cannabis in Canada.