Canadian voters overnight gave the Liberal party a majority in parliament and thus the right to chose the country’s next Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
The party surpassed the 170 seats needed in order to take that top leadership spot. What this means for marijuana supporters is amazing.
Trudeau has pledged to move “right away” to legalize cannabis in the Great White North. (How embarrassing will that be when Canada legalizes it while the United States still debates?)
The current P.M., Stephen Harper, recently called marijuana “infinitely worse than tobacco.”
The Marijuana Majority notes that Liberal candidates were bombarded with negative ads claiming they wanted to sell pot to kids. Apparently people saw through that smoke screen.
“While U.S. states led the way by becoming the first places in the world to legalize and regulate marijuana in 2012, it looks like Canada could soon leapfrog ahead of us and become the first country in North America to legalize cannabis nationwide,” said Tom Angell, Chairman of the Marijuana Majority. “If that happens, it’s not only good news for Canadians who will be able to purchase marijuana from legal and regulated storefronts instead of being treated like criminals. It’s also likely to give reform efforts in the U.S. a bit of a boost.”