Justin Trudeau Supports Decriminalization of Marijuana

The student didn’t even have to finish his question for Justin Trudeau to know he was about to be asked about decriminalization of marijuana.

During a session Tuesday morning with Colonel Gray High School students in Charlottetown, the candidate for the federal Liberal Party leadership came out in support of decriminalizing marijuana and even discussed the possibility of legalization.

Trudeau’s opinion on the touchy subject was the first thing the Papineau MP was asked during a question-and-answer session with English-speaking students at the school.

“What’s your thoughts on de-,” said the student, who paused when he appeared to forget the word.

“Decriminalization,” said Trudeau, finishing the student’s question for him.

“Of marijuana,” added the student.

The question sent a wave of laughter through the students.

However, from the look on many of their faces, few expected to receive the answer Trudeau was about to give.

“I think we have to recognize first and foremost that the war on drugs, as it exists right now, doesn’t work,” said Trudeau, adding that the current system puts criminal records on Canadians who consume the drug, while also allowing criminal organizations to profit from the prohibition.

“So I am a huge supporter of decriminalization.”

However, Trudeau added that the next step to look at would be legalization. This would take marijuana profits away from criminal organizations and allow the government to tax and regulate the drug.

Trudeau added that regulating the drug would mean keeping it away from children, since individuals would have to demonstrate ID before purchasing marijuana.

“(Because) you guys aren’t allowed to buy cigarettes or booze either. Because it’s not good for you,” he added.

By this point in the response, the student who originally asked Trudeau the question had stopped paying attention to the MP’s answer and began talking to his friends.

Trudeau noticed, and didn’t waste the opportunity to point out that while a number of studies have shown marijuana is less hazardous to health than alcohol and tobacco, the drug can also affect brain development if used heavily during teenage years.

“And the effect of marijuana on the growing brain is being demonstrated by the muttering in the corner right now,” said Trudeau of the unaware students.

His comment drew gasps, then laughter and finally thunderous applause from other students and staff.

While there are many arguments for decriminalization, Trudeau added that there are also many unanswered questions. One is the possibility of border control being thickened with the U.S. because of decriminalization.

Another is that while the drug isn’t as harmful as tobacco or alcohol, “it’s not exactly a health group supplement” either.

“Therefore we have to be mindful of the message that we’re sending, about what’s OK and what’s not OK, because we’re trying to get people to live healthier lives,” added Trudeau.

“But like I said, I’m a big fan of decriminalization because it (prosecuting drug crimes) is using up resources and feeding into a system that right now isn’t working.”

– Read the entire article at The Guardian.



  1. Anonymous on

    And half a man Justin has half a policy. Legalization is what is needed, not decriminalization and if he isn’t up to the job, Deborah Coyne is.

  2. Anonymous on

    Though I’ve voted Green the past few elections, Trudeau has now gotten my attention, and I’ll probably vote Red at the next election (which isn’t coming soon enough).

    Overall I do believe that the Green party is superior, however, realistically I know that they won’t win. I figure that voting for a party with a realistic chance of winning that is promising what we all desire is probably, IMHO, the best choice.

    The only danger I foresee is that the NDP will also promise legalization and then all the pot votes get split between three parties and the Cons win again. If that happens I totaly give up all hopes for Canada and will expatriate to a country with much more liberties… like the United States of America.

  3. Anonymous on

    I will vote Green Party and I love very much Elizabeth May.
    With Elizabeth I am sure at least of one thing.If shes to become prime minister SHE WILL LEGALIZE POT but if I vote Trudeau and friends with their EMPTY PROMISES (BLA-BLA-BLA but with no concrete actions)I will have to wait another 40 years and mind you in 40 years from now I will be very very cold.

  4. Anonymous on

    Over the past 40yrs, pubic opinion has changed a lot…not enough mind you but it’s better now than it was then and getting more positive for cannabis users all the time. The Tories are just out to lunch with their mandatory minimums. Canada would have at least went decrim back a few years ago if only for U.S. authorities “intervening”. Other countries can say the same.

  5. Anonymous on

    Pierre Trudeau was a dope smoker, so was his wife. Time to legalize and stop the hypocrisy!

  6. CanadianGiant on

    If Justin is sincere and he really does end this pathetic war on drugs in Canada, he has my vote.I was born during the Dieffenbaker era and i am aware of Justin,s fathers legacy.
    Justin will be better than Harper. Anyone would.

  7. gimpy on

    So because his father was at the helm when you were arrested, you will never vote liberal? The liberals were the only ones ever to put forth decrim when Martin was at the helm.

    You make no sense. Go ahead, vote for Furor Harper and lose more rights and freedoms. You need to blame Nixon for your misfortunes and the ramping up of the drug war back then. Canada was just following suit for trade reasons.

    Seems everybody is waking up now except the dictator in Ottawa. Grab yourself a coffee.

  8. Anonymous on

    Trudeau supports decriminalization of marijuana but the fact remains that while his father was in power,I was 18 at the time,I did get busted by the narcs while summer vacationing with a friend in Gaspesie area and remained in prison for more than a week.Needless to say,that was a bad experience which had tremendously shaken me for years to come and probably affected my future and my self-confidence for years and years.This is 40 years later and I still have nightmares about this sad episode of my life. So,my dear Justin no matter how sincere you can be about marijuana decriminalization,YOU WILL NOT GET MY VOTE.