Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reiterated his full backing for the nationwide marijuana legalization this summer, the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) posted a video of the premier as saying on Thursday.
After facing calls for a delay in marijuana legalization, Trudeau said: “Every single day, Canadians are hurt and harmed by the current approach on marijuana.”
He added: “It’s not working,” citing a U.N. report saying that Canada has the “number 1 rate” usage of marijuana usage for the teens.
He said, “our current system failing our kids.”
He also said gangs make “over $6 billion every year in the sale of marijuana,” giving them the financial aptitude to funnel more “criminal activities.”
With an assertive tone, Trudeau said:
“We are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalization of cannabis.”
Facing calls for a delay in marijuana legalization, PM Justin Trudeau says “Every single day, Canadians are hurt and harmed by the current approach on marijuana. It’s not working”; asserts “we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalization of cannabis.” #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1bNEJAwwXu
— CPAC (@CPAC_TV) May 3, 2018
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Trudeau left the open to a possible delay in enacting his government’s cannabis legalization bill.
In a report issued Tuesday, the Senate aboriginal peoples committee called on the government to put off legalizing marijuana for up to a year so broader consultations on the matter could take place with Indigenous communities.
The report said the government’s “atrocious” lack of proper consultation on its cannabis bill undermines its claims to be trying to have a new and better relationship with Indigenous peoples.
When asked whether he’d be willing to delay implementing Bill C-45, Trudeau didn’t answer directly but indicated the Liberals will forge ahead with their plan to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
However, his Thursday address asserts that he doesn’t want to see any delay.