CANNABIS CULTURE – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his plan for marijuana legalization is not just a way to raise revenue but about improving safety by removing black market profits from criminal gangs.
“The fact is that if you tax it too much, as we saw with cigarettes,” Trudeau told The Canadian Press, “you end up with driving things towards a black market, which will not keep Canadians safe, particularly young Canadians.”
“So yes there’s a potential for a bit of revenue on that but we are certainly not looking for a windfall and it is certainly our thought that money that comes in should go toward addiction treatment and mental health support and education programs rather than financing general revenue. It was never about a moneymaker it was always about public health, public safety.
Trudeau did not elaborate on how or when legalization might be accomplished or discuss the ongoing raids of medical marijuana dispensaries across Canada.
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