Article by Eric Stober, Global News
Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, hasn’t promised to keep cannabis legal if elected prime minister in 2019.
“The Conservative Party will do our due diligence, examine the consequences of this decision, and we’ll examine the reality on the ground,” Scheer told CTV Thursday.
“We have to be realistic about what a change like this means for society and all the ramifications.”
Now that cannabis is legal and the nascent industry is being awakened on many different fronts, is there any chance that Conservatives would actually be able to reverse legalization?
“No, not really,” Jamie Shaw, a partner at cannabis consulting agency Groundwork, said in response to that question.
Shaw highlighted the sheer amount of work that has been put into legalization since the Liberals were elected in the fall of 2015 as one reason the Conservatives might have to reconsider reversing cannabis legalization, especially if the federal government hammered through a reversal in the face of the work already done by the provinces.