Jean Chretien has held many positions throughout his extensive political career, perhaps none greater than 20th Prime Minister of Canada, which he served for ten years from 1993 – 2003. Before that, he worked for decades with Pierre Trudeau, one of the most beloved Prime Ministers in the country’s history and our current PM’s late father. Chretien watched Justin grow up as he and the elder Trudeau ran the country.
So now that Padawan Justin has become a full-fledged Jedi and taken his father’s place, Chretien is offering up some advice that so far has fallen on deaf ears in the Trudeau camp — decriminalize marijuana now.
In an article published by CBC, Chretien was quoted as saying, “What is completely unacceptable, in my judgment, is a young man smoking marijuana will have a criminal record for the rest of his life, he can’t cross the border — come on.”
Chretien is no stranger to the marijuana issue, as he tried to decriminalize pot in 2003 and his successor Paul Martin also had the same considerations on the topic. But former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair who is Justin Trudeau’s point man for all things weed, has repeated what others in the cabinet have said about decriminalization, which is that it will just profit the black market more than ever before. In short, the government doesn’t want anyone to make money unless they do.
The NDP wasted no time in relishing this statement as they have been the squeakiest wheel when it comes to decriminalization with their Justice Critic, Murray Rankin saying, “I’m glad Mr. Chrétien agrees with us.”
Chretien is now 82, and he says he has never smoked marijuana, but he still believes that a government should change with the times. Although he had a conservative upbringing, he is seen as incredibly progressive. Chretien voted against Capital Punishment in the 1960’s, helped decriminalize abortion in the 80’s and 2003 while Prime Minister he helped pave the way for Canada to become the first country in the world to allow same-sex marriage.
It doesn’t look like current Prime Minister Trudeau will be heeding “Uncle Jean’s” words on this topic anytime soon and will continue with a framework for legalizing and regulating our bud by Spring of 2017. In the meantime, if you’re a recreational pot smoker, hide out in one of our plethora of vape cafes and support as many pot-related businesses as you can. Those men and women carried us to the doorstep of legalization; it’s only fair that we keep them employed after the Empire takes over next year.
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