What began as a mere pipe dream and a silly gag cooked up by Conservative operatives now might be the perfect gift for the politically astute pothead in your life. Yes, Justin Trudeau rolling papers are officially for sale. Last week, The Toronto Star divulged secret Conservative plans to disrupt the Liberal party's biennial convention, which kicks off Thursday in Montreal. The overall strategy was to paint Trudeau as a flippant leader who is more interested in pot legalization than the economy.
Following the lead of successful campaigns in several U.S. states, a new Canadian lobby group Legalize Canada has a $7 million budget and a two-year plan to elect Members of Parliament who support the legalization of marijuana in Canada.
Voters in Colorado and Washington State passed ballot initiatives that led to those states legalizing and regulating the recreational use of marijuana by adults, in the same way alcohol and tobacco are regulated by the government. Since a ballot initiative isn’t an option in Canada, Legalize Canada will need to adopt a different strategy: electing parliamentarians who support their goals.