The election brings an end to nine years of Conservative rule, which, from a drug policy perspective, was absolutely regressive and reactionary. The Tories not only opposed marijuana legalization; they were committed to rolling out mandatory minimum sentences for some drug offenses, including pot cultivation, and they fought bitterly (and unsuccessfully) to shut down Vancouver’s supervised injection site for hard-core drug users. The Tories rejected harm reduction in favor of failed 20th Century drug policies.
The Liberal platform included, among other things, marijuana legalization:
“We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana,” the platform states. Marijuana prohibition doesn’t prevent youth use, causes socially disruptive and expensive arrests, and supports organized crime, the statement adds. “We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework.”
Meanwhile, here in the United States, Hillary Clinton supports nothing like marijuana reform. Bernie Sanders supports it.