It’s difficult to understand why our prime minister continues to let anyone be criminally charged and convicted for possession of marijuana – a substance he thinks should be legal. A substance he has smoked.
As we learned years ago, Trudeau smoked marijuana in the time since being elected MP. Some Conservatives tried to make a big deal of it. But most Canadians gave the story a pass.
Back then, Trudeau and the Liberals voted with the Conservatives to set mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana possession. It was a terrible decision. But it was a Liberal caucus decision. And Trudeau was not leader yet. So Trudeau can again get a pass.
As an MP, Trudeau discussed his opposition to both legalization and decriminalization. “It isn’t your mother’s pot” he stated, adding “I lived in Whistler for years and have seen the effects. We need all our brain cells to deal with our problems.” Given his own use it was hypocritical. But some politician or another is being hypocritical every day. So give it a pass.
After becoming leader, Trudeau switched to favouring marijuana legalization. During last year’s campaign he promised “to move on this in a very rapid fashion.” Legalization is “something we plan on moving on immediately.” But now, the whole matter has sunk down some hole. Four months after his win, there’s no process, timeline or plan for legalization. Again, Canadians give a pass to our new Prime Minister — he didn’t understand the complexity or time required.
It’s fine that Canadians are willing to extend free passes to Trudeau over this issue. And of course he’s happy to accept them. The problem is, Trudeau will not extend to others the same policy he accepts for himself.
“The laws haven’t changed yet,” said Trudeau last week. And recently – and more hawkishly — his point man, MP Bill Blair, reminded Canadians “laws that currently exist in this country are in force and in effect and it’s important that those laws continue to be obeyed, upheld and enforced.” Pardons are “not currently under discussion” and “not being contemplated at this time,” Mr. Blair said.
The PM’s positions aren’t just a question of logic – there’s a question of integrity. A person who says marijuana should be legal – and has smoked it himself – can’t also say other people should continue to be criminally charged for its simple possession. In Canada we don’t pick and choose who will be subject to our laws.