Justin Trudeau campaigned for “Real Change” and included many platforms differentiating him from the Conservative Party’s message. One real and big change proposal included legalizing adult-use cannabis in Canada. Citizens in Nanaimo believe this campaign issue helped elect Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister on October 19, 2015. Adhering to his party’s promise, the government has set up a task force to create a policy framework for legislation to legalize recreational use in 2017.
In a Newsweek article, Trudeau said he wants to change the law for two reasons: to better protect young people from marijuana by providing increased control over points of sale and to take revenue away from organized crime.
Canada first enacted the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations (MMAR) in July 2001 and more recently enacted the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR) in August 2016. Oh Canada! Oh Cannabis!

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