Canadians Backing Pot Legalization, Top Adviser Tells Steven Blaney

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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