Article by Deej Sullivan, Volteface
Cannabis legalisation in Canada has been back in the news a lot recently, with many prominent members of the country’s medical marijuana community expressing anger at the fact that the Liberal government, led by Justin Trudeau, appears to be reneging on its promise to introduce a regulated market and to stop criminalising Canadian citizens.
The well known activist Jodie Emery recently announced that she has quit the party in protest after she and her husband, Marc Emery, were arrested on their way to Spannabis in Barcelona and charged with drug trafficking, conspiracy, and possession.
The Emerys have pointed to comments made by Trudeau during his election campaign in which he appeared to promise to decriminalise cannabis “immediately” if elected:
In a March 15 interview with CKNW, the leader of the Liberal party told Gord MacDonald he would take immediate action to decriminalize the drug.
“Will you bring forth legislation to do that in the first session of Parliament when Justin Trudeau is prime minister?” MacDonald asked.
Trudeau’s response: “Yes, it is our intention to move on this in a very rapid fashion. I mean, there were some mistakes made south of the border that we can learn from about leaping before looking and thinking it through. But it is something we plan on moving on immediately.”
Emery also argues that the Prime Minister’s plans for a cannabis market will result in that market being monopolised by a handful of producers, at the expense of independent retailers such as herself and her husband, and their chain of dispensaries.