Article by CKNW News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down with CKNW’s Lynda Steele Tuesday afternoon to talk about Kinder Morgan, the overdose crisis, marijuana legalization, and climate change.
When asked about his position on marijuana, Trudeau says legalization is important for two reasons.
“First one is, the current approach to marijuana makes it too easy for our kids to buy it. Any kid in any high school can get a joint, way easier than they can get a bottle of beer for example. That;s not right, we need to control and regulate the sales of marijuana so that underage people have a hard time buying it.”
Secondly, he says Canada needs to stop the black market, criminal organizations and street gangs from profiting off that.
“These dispensaries don’t do anything about preventing kids from having access to it, don’t prevent anything from the black market that exists underneath it. We need to control and regulate it.”
He says underage use of marijuana is when it’s most dangerous to people, adding the legal age to smoke pot should be the same as the drinking age.