Canadians are “increasingly likely” to support the legalization or decriminalization of drugs, including marijuana, the public safety minister’s top bureaucrat has quietly advised.
It’s a message that runs counter to the Conservative government’s firm opposition to softer penalties for recreational pot smokers — an issue that has flared up regularly on the federal campaign trail.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau proposes legalizing marijuana — selling and taxing it much like alcohol — while the NDP’s Tom Mulcair has come out in favour of decriminalizing pot. Trudeau has argued legalization would help shield young people from marijuana by closely regulating a trade now run by criminals.
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has harshly criticized Trudeau’s legalization plan, saying no one believes selling marijuana in stores will better protect children.
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