Trudeau Defends Veteran’s Affairs Cuts to Medical Marijuana Program, Asks for Patience on Legalization

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Justin Trudeau talks cannabis with crowd

Justin Trudeau was in New Brunswick and Québec today on his cross country tour, which began last week. The Prime Minister has been holding town hall meetings in various cities to engage Canadians on the issues important to them, and medical marijuana and legalization both came up today.

Numerous issues, like the economy, carbon tax, payroll taxes, and others have already made headlines, but legalization and the medical marijuana system came up today at the two different meetings. First, in New Brunswick, with Fabian Henry, founder of Marijuana for Trauma, addressing the Prime Minister to discuss the recent change in how Veteran’s Affairs will cover medical cannabis for approved Veterans.

Then in Sherbrooke, QC, Trudeau was asked again about a timeline and framework for legalization by Guillaume Gagnon, President of the Marijuana Research & Development Centre. The Prime Minister asked for patience from the public as the government works towards its goals, and reiterated the party’s stance on legalizing to control cannabis and take it away from gangs and protect children, and not decriminalizing in the interim.

Trudeau also mentioned that the current medical cannabis system was designed by the previous Harper government.

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