Matt Gurney: The Government's Incoherent Messaging on Marijuana

Long before Canadians actually went to the polls last October, Justin Trudeau had been clear that his Liberal party would legalize marijuana. “I’m actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I’m in favour of legalizing it,” he said during a public appearance in British Columbia in the summer of 2013. “Tax it, regulate,” the leader of the then-third party said. “It’s one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working.”

Just over two years later, of course, Trudeau would win the election. His government has now been in office for more than four months. Yet the model that Trudeau said was not working in 2013 is still the model in place in Canada, and will be for some time. The Liberals have yet to commit to a timeline for legalization marijuana. They’ve confirmed that...

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