Justin Trudeau Supported Marijuana Dispensaries Before Election – But Now Wants Them Closed

CANNABIS CULTURE – Remember when Justin Trudeau was running for election and said marijuana dispensaries should be allowed to remain open?

From The Globe & Mail on July 23, 2015:

Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is speaking out in support of a controversial medical marijuana store in Winnipeg.

During a stop in the city on Wednesday, Trudeau said marijuana storefronts like “Your Medical Cannabis Headquarters,” owned by Glenn Price, should be allowed to operate.

At a Liberal campaign office just blocks away from the shop, Trudeau reiterated his pledge to legalize marijuana if elected.

He said by licensing and restricting the sale, it keeps the drugs out of the hands of kids and criminals.

Police closed down Price’s store last week, saying he is not a licensed producer so it’s illegal for him to sell medical marijuana.

Now the Toronto Star is reporting that a “frustrated” Trudeau “wants police to ‘enforce the law’ and criminally charge illegal marijuana dispensaries — even though weed legalization is looming.”

“People are right now breaking the law,” Trudeau told the Star’s editorial board on Friday.

“We haven’t changed the laws. We haven’t legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will. We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals.”

But the spread of storefront “dispensaries” — scores of which have popped up on Toronto streets this year — is clearly a concern to the prime minister. […]

Until the new law is enacted some time in 2017, Trudeau stressed “the current prohibition stands.”

“So, I don’t know how much clearer we can be that we’re not legalizing marijuana to please recreational users,” he said.

“I mean, that will be a byproduct. We recognize that that is something that’s going to happen when it happens, but it’s not happened yet.”

Could Trudeau’s about-face have anything to do with the massive lobbying campaign by million-dollar Licenced Producers to have the dispensaries shut down?

Trudeau also reminded us to think of the children:

“It’s been highlighted many times that the effect of cannabis on the developing brain is particularly problematic,” the prime minister said.

“I’m not going to venture too much further into the science but I think there is a consensus that, yes, perhaps up until 21 or 25 it’s not as good as past that age. But I have a sense that the worst damage is in the 12-, 13-, 14-year-old range,” he said.

Uh … I think Dr. Trudeau needs to venture a bit more into the science and stop relying on the truthiness of his gut.

Watch Trudeau’s comments to the Star editorial board in the video below.


Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.