Not merely decriminalization
Justin Trudeau has changed his stand on marijuana. He now wants to legalize marijuana, not simply its decriminalization.
He wants marijuana legalized, regulated and taxed, packaged and sold in stores over the counter to customers of legal age.
Think about it. Marijuana cigarettes freely available for sale in a package at the store, just like tobacco cigarettes. Same sort of change as when booze went on sale in liquor stores when Prohibition ended.
The Conservative government of Stephen Harper takes a completely contradictory position. Harper is against any decriminalization whatsoever of marijuana. Instead, he increased the criminal penalties for possession of marijuana last year.
Now possession of just six marijuana plants, even in your mother's basement, is enough to get you a prison term of up to seven years as a "pusher."
Until recently, Trudeau said he was not willing to go further than decriminalization even though the Liberal Party adopted a resolution in favor of legalization at its convention in January 2012.
But during a trip to British Columbia last week as part of a holiday with his wife Sophie and his children Trudeau publicly announced twice to audiences that he favors the legalization, regulation and taxation.
He turned his stand into a farce: "Marijuana is not a health food supplement. It is not good for you, but it is no worse for you than cigarettes or alcohol. "
In Canada, cigarettes and drink are legalized, regulated and taxed. And there is an age limit on purchasers.
To which the Harper Conservative government responds:
"Our government has no interest in marijuana being legalized or made more easily accessible to young people.
"These drugs are illegal because of the negative effect they have on users and on society. »
Harper avoided making a comment on "adverse effect on users" of tobacco or alcohol.