Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken another step toward being the coolest world leader this week, by announcing a move to fully legalize marijuana.
Trudeau is very highly respected among millennials, having broken the traditional politician’s mould on multiple occasions.
For example, Trudeau became the first ever Prime Minister to march in Canada’s Gay Pride parade, and he’s also a feminist.
The move to legalize weed however is huge for Canada, and also a massive thumbs up for Trudeau in our book.
The bill is expected to pass, which means we could see legally available marijuana in Canada as soon as mid-2018.
The news wasn’t met so fondly South of the border, with the Washington Post calling Trudeau’s latest plan ‘an insult to Canadians’ in this post.
It is still unknown what the knock-on effect in the US will be following Canada’s move to legalize marijuana, with Trump’s cabinet seemingly un-moved.
Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions was recently quoted as saying:
“When they nominated me for attorney general, you would have thought the biggest issue in America was when I said, ‘I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store”, repeating his opposition to the idea of legalizing marijuana.
So how did Canada get to the brink of total legalization?
Well, medical marijuana was legalized back in 2001, and the industry has been growing ever since.
This has led to more relaxed rules, with dispensaries becoming more tolerated, despite still being illegal.
Marijuana growers in Canada now grow their stock in huge warehouses, sending their product to patients by courier.
All signs are pointing to the weed industry in Canada becoming a huge source of income for the country’s government – perhaps it’s time the U.S followed suit…