Although the government of Canada is in the process of legalizing adult-use marijuana, at times it can be hard to tell.
Legalization was a major campaign promise for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, his refusal to decriminalize the plant in the interim has been widely criticized. This dissidence has come from members of the opposition party and even former Prime Ministers from his own party.
Now, a recent report from Vice Magazine has detailed just how costly this decision has been for thousands of Canadians.
Last year, over 5,000 people in Canada faced prosecution for cannabis possession, and over 1,000 people were brought up on trafficking-related charges as well.
There is another signal that the government of Canada will continue its curious hardline on drug enforcement with one hand while legalizing with the other. This indicator is the recent statements made by Ralph Goodale, the Minister of Public Safety. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Goodale said that the legalization of cannabis will not include amnesty for past pot convictions.
The continued criminalization of a soon-to-be legal commodity has raised eyebrows within the cannabis community.
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