Canada’s Trudeau Says Legal Weed Saves Kids, Cuts Down Crime
Oh, Canada, here you go again!
Canadians are commonly scorned for being overly polite and staid, predictable even. At the prime ministerial level, at least, they can also be very wily fellows.
Speaking at an economic conference this past Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau—who campaigned on a promise of legal recreational marijuana across Canada—made a perfectly counterintuitive argument for a regulated, government-endorsed cannabis trade.
In effect, tricky Trudeau is saying, “If you believe that marijuana is causing grave harm to children, and funding all manner of nefarious criminal enterprises, you are correct.” The clever statesman goes on from there to make the 420-friendly rec.
You can follow nimble Justin’s foxy moves in these extended quotes from the Washington Post:
Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it’s based on two very simple principles:
The first one is, young people have easier access to cannabis now, in Canada, than they do in just about any other countries in the world. [Of] 29 different countries studied by the U.N., Canada was number one in terms of underage access to marijuana. And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it’s harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana. And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.
The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that’s profiting from those, and that has offshoots into so many other criminal activities. So those are my focuses on that.
Our focus is on protecting kids and protecting our streets.
Apparently, Trudeau took no further questions on the subject, because he didn’t have to. The only thing left unanswered was what strain the PM was smoking when he came up with that killer backhand logic.