Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who previously fiercely opposed the proposed legalization of cannabis, now says a Conservative government would not only keep cannabis legal but would also stay the course with its support of pardons for Canadians convicted of pot possession as proposed by the Liberals.
Every Conservative MP except for Scott Reid either voted against or abstained from voting on the legalization of cannabis at its third reading in the House. Scheer was among those who voted against.
With the strong leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada moved out of her dark past where Canadians could go to jail for small possession of cannabis and also provide legal production of cannabis to eliminate illegal activities by organized criminals.
Shockingly, going with Andrew Scheer’s first stroke to legalization of cannabis, Scheer could be an exconvict today. Scheer admitted that he smoked marijuana as a young adult, but he still opposes the Liberal government’s plan to legalize it.
Andrew Scheer made this admission on a popular French-language Quebec television show, Tout Le Monde En Parle. Half-way through, co host Mr. Turcotte asked Scheer “Have you ever smoked?”
“So…,”flushing and pausing to take a sip from his glass of wine. “I hope my father is not watching this show. … When I was young, yes,” Scheer said.
It’s hard to put an exact number on it. But it’s not once, not regular though,” Jake Enwright, Andrew spokesperson said in a press release. He said it happened during a brief period, and that Mr. Scheer didn’t buy it himself.
When Canabbis wasn’t legal and strictly regulated, it got to the hands of the youths illegally, some which are underaged, consequently, our youths were convicted everyday.
Legalization of Canabbis:
restrict youth access to cannabis
protect young people from promotion or enticements to use cannabis
deter and reduce criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those breaking the law, especially those who import, export or provide cannabis to youth
protect public health through strict product safety and quality requirements
reduce the burden on the criminal justice system
provide for the legal production of cannabis to reduce illegal activities
allow adults to possess and access regulated, quality controlled legal cannabis
enhance public awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis
Tories have since backed up Scheer’s new stance with action. In the most recent vote on the Liberal bill to expedite the pardon process for those convicted of pot possession, the Conservatives all either abstained or voted in support of the bill.