Justin Trudeau Preaches Pot Patience: ‘We Need to Do this Right’ on Legalization

Pot legalization activists who are frustrated that Canadians — especially youth — are still getting arrested and stuck with criminal records for simple possession need to be patient, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prime minister, who believes pot should be legal and has admitted he toked after being elected to Parliament, defended the Liberal government’s decision earlier this week to vote down an NDP motion to decriminalize simple marijuana possession.

Instead, he urged Canadians to wait until his government finishes extensive consultations, plus considers studies of other jurisdictions that have already legalized the drug, before drafting legislation expected in the first half of 2017.

That raises the possibility a new law won’t be in place until 2018.

– Read the entire article at Vancouver Sun.