Trudeau’s Promise to Legalize Marijuana in Canada Hits Snag; Aims for Spring of 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has gotten a lot of support from young people in his efforts to legalize marijuana but there has been a snag in his plans.  This hold up comes from two International Treaties, but regardless, Health Minister, Jane Philpott, announced yesterday that legalization of marijuana will happen in the spring of 2017.

The treaties that are causing the snag are the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. These 3 treaties go all the way back to the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

According to (quoting from the Canadian Press):

Trudeau’s plan to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana is already proving a complicated and controversial undertaking on the domestic front, in part because it requires working with the provinces.

Internationally, says a briefing note prepared for the prime minister, Canada will also have to find a way to essentially tell the world how it plans to conform to its treaty obligations.

That means that it isn’t impossible to work with the treaties in the quest to legalize marijuana. It will just take some time and effort to justify it and to show that Canada can both make it legal and still abide by the treaties.

One of the biggest challenges that Trudeau has with the legalization of marijuana is the provinces. The provinces need to have the same goal and if they don’t it will make it much more difficult to change the laws that revolve around marijuana at the current time.

Although the Liberal government has had some challenges in meeting the goal of legalizing marijuana, they do believe that they can make this happen in a year’s time.

Health Minister Jane Philpott spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday in a special session and according to Global News, Philpott said,

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,” Philpott said. “While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety.

Although she was not able to provide any details regarding how this will happen, it does give hope to those who support the legalization of marijuana.  Coincidentally, this announcement was made just a day before 4/20 – the day that supporters of week legalization and the cannibis culture come together to celebrate their lifestyle.

People on Twitter are not quite so understanding though.  Many thought that today would be a day of celebration of legal marijuana and are disappointing and angry that Trudeau has not fulfilled his promise yet.



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