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Time 4 Real Change – Global Marijuana Reform

In the recent issues of Joint Conversations we have touched on global marijuana reform. In this issue we cover the Canadian federal election and the cannabis issue in Canada. During our election all but one federal party supported some form of cannabis law reform which included both decimalization and legalization. The Green party as well as the Liberals supported a form of cannabis taxation and regulation while the NDP
wanted to start off with decimalization while studying its legalization. The Conservative party was the only ones that supported continuing the failed policy known as cannabis prohibition.

When the ballots were counted and the election ended the Liberals, who many thought could get a minority, actually ended up winning a majority government. While this can be good news for those of us who support cannabis legalization our advocacy isn’t completed yet. Sure we got a government that supports and has cannabis legalization in its platform but no details of the plan have been released or figured out yet. There have been some hints of what could come, such as one based on our alcohol model. If so, this could mean anything from being allowed to grow a certain number of plants to not being able to grow at all. So yes our work isn’t complete yet as our voices must be heard on how we want this important issue to be implemented.

We also know that Justin Trudeau and the Liberals have had a team led by former Toronto police chief and new Liberal MP Bill Blair, investigating how cannabis legalization could work here in Canada. There have been reports that he and others have been going to the USA plus to a few other “friendly” locations, reviewing the models set up by both Washington and Colorado. Once this task force is complete they will be meeting with our provincial and municipal leaders to finalize that plan.

One thought is that each province will be able to set up their own program as they presently do with alcohol. That means some provinces could allow home growing and others won’t. It also means that taxes will be different from province to province and where one can consume it will also fall into play here.

Patients have wondered what will happen to our existing medical program. While some may say it won’t be needed anymore, others like me feel that a recreational and medical program can work together and be side by side as has happened in our jurisdictions. What I do know is that I have read that the Liberals plan on keeping the medical program, one that they themselves got started for Canadians.

So when does all this happen? According to media reports “Trudeau said legalization could happen anywhere from a month to “a year or two” into a Liberal government, but he would make sure the process gets underway shortly after taking power.” For millions of Canadians who consume cannabis this can’t happen fast enough because we know its time for global marijuana reform, it’s Time 4 Real Change.

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