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Trudeau against marijuana sold in corner stores

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Published on September 04, 2015 with No Comments

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has said he is not “comfortable” with seeing it sold in corner stores during a campaign rally. “My focus is on making it more difficult for young people to access it,” Trudeau told reporters in Quebec City. “At this point, I don’t think corner stores necessarily are rigorous enough at checking ID to make me comfortable with that as an option,” he added.

Trudeau said his legalization model would be based on “best practices from around the world” and that he is “committed to an evidence-based approach.” He added he would learn from the experiences in “Colorado or elsewhere.”

The Liberal leader also said he would “work with the provinces to makes sure that the control and regulation of marijuana is done in a way that is responsible.”

“What is very clear right now is that Mr. Harper’s current approach is making marijuana too easy to access for our kids, and at the same time funding street crime, organized gangs and gun runners,” Trudeau said.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has previously said he supports decriminalization of marijuana, but has not committed to legalization.

“The NDP for 40 years has believed that it makes no sense at all for a person to have a criminal record for possession or personal use of a small amount of marijuana,” Mulcair said last year.

In Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana sales as of Jan. 1, 2014, only licensed stores may sell cannabis and those stores are prohibited from selling most other products, including cigarettes, alcoholic drinks and non-alcoholic drinks.


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