Rebel With a Cause: The One Conservative Who Voted For Legal Pot

The legalization of marijuana in Canada has brought about many questions throughout the process. What will the final age limit be? Where will marijuana be sold? And will there be restrictions on advertising for pot companies?

The only aspect of this enigmatic experience that we have been able to predict is where the political party lines have been drawn on the issue.

The Liberals, of course, want to pass their bill and make marijuana legal for all adults. The New Democrats (NDP) want to do the same, but also eliminate arrests and convictions for possession immediately. The Conservative Party has been historically predictable, not wanting to legalize at all.

That goes for all Conservatives except one.

During the second reading of Bill C-45, Conservative MP Scott Reid was the only outlier among the group, voting in favour of legalization. This change is a refreshing outlook amongst a sea of unsurprising dissension from Reid’s party on the issue.

“We have a policy as a party that possession of marijuana should be a ticket offense,” said Reid in an interview with “There’s what the party supports, and there are my own views, which are two separate…

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