Justin Trudeau opened up about his history of pot use long before he was elected Canada’s 23rd prime minister.
But he’s come under fire recently for his reluctance to decriminalize the drug ahead of the Liberal government’s plans to legalize recreational marijuana use this summer.
The NDP has continually urged the Liberals to decriminalize pot prior to legalization, in order to ensure Canadians won’t receive life-long criminal records for something that will soon be permissible.
During question period in the House on Wednesday, NDP MP Alistair MacGregor took the opportunity not only to call out Trudeau and the Liberals for “overloading” the justice system with possession charges that “disproportionately affect young and radicalized Canadians” but also to point out the blatant hypocrisy in their actions:
“There’s quite a bit of hypocrisy to that. My question to the prime minister: does he think he would be where he is today if he had been caught smoking marijuana?”
Trudeau responded by reiterating claims he’s used since his campaigning days, saying:
“Decriminalization does nothing to protect our kids, nothing to remove the profits from the hands of criminals. And until such a moment as we have a legal framework that protects our kids and stops the criminals from profiting, it will remain illegal.”
According to The Huffington Post Canada, the Liberal government is expected to unveil their marijuana legislation later this month.
Watch MacGregor’s question & Trudeau’s response below, via YouTube:
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