"Decriminalization is a great first step [but] I'm in favour of legalization as well, because we control it, tax and regulate it, we allow for development of a medical marijuana industry," the Liberal leader said in Vancouver on Friday, reiterating a position he announced in Kelowna, B.C.
The federal government disagrees. "Our government has no intention of legalization," Justice Minister Peter McKay said Friday in Halifax.
'We have to start thinking about how we're using our police resources and focus on proper crime, and not adult consensual behaviour.'— Bill Vandergraff, former police detective
Trudeau's proposal is music to the ears of retired Winnipeg police detective Bill Vandergraff, who used to investigate gangs, drugs and street crime.
"We have to start thinking about how we're using our police resources and focus on proper crime, and not adult consensual behaviour," Vandergraff told CBC News.Others found the proposal troubling, including Lisa Cowan of the Tamarack Recovery Centre.
"Legalized or not the potential for damage is still there and I hope that there's a good debate around that. Motivation for their job changes, motivation to parents be a supportive parent or spouse changes when drawn into that," she told CBC News, adding she hoped any discussion about pot legalization includes people like her at the table.