Pot proponents in this province are saluting Justin Trudeau for his call to legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana.
The federal Liberal leader’s comments are being used as further proof use that the drug has gone mainstream.
Earlier this week, Trudeau clarified his position on pot, moving past decriminalization and toward full legalization.
Dana Larsen is leading the Sensible BC petition drive and says the Trudeau’s stance is pointing to a shift in how politicians are addressing the marijuana question.
“This just shows how this issue has moved, perhaps, from what might have been seen as an unpopular fringe issue 10, 20 or 30 years ago into something where the vast majority of Canadians support this and major politicians feel comfortable expressing this view.”
Jodi Emery, wife of jailed “Prince of Pot” Marc Emery, says it is great to see the Liberal party boss on the pro-legalization side of the debate.
“I don’t know if this [directly] affects Marc’s situation but it’s good to know that when Marc does return home, we’ll have a potential prime minister who favours reforming our marijuana laws toward the system of legalization and that’s what we’ve always wanted.”
Ottawa, however, remains steadfast in its opposition, as the Harper Tories feel the drug is harmful to both users and society. They say Trudeau’s latest stance shows he lacks the judgment needed to be PM.