The midnight of 17th October marked a special moment in the history of Canada as the country rejoiced the legalization of recreational marijuana.
However, while this step has been received by much praise overall, there are some factions that have put the decision under some criticism as well.
Conservatives, in particular, were not happy with the decision and felt that it was a bit too premature for the Canadian market. A lot of education and awareness steps need to be taken before cannabis can be and should be legalized in its full form.
But as indications of a multi-billion cannabis industry come to the limelight, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer hinted that their party would not seek to put an end to this industry if they were to be elected next fall.
He, however, didn’t shy away from mentioning that the current cannabis regulations had certain flaws in them that should be taken care of almost immediately.
“We’re going to propose changes to the regime based on the feedback we see,” Scheer said when he was asked specifically if the Conservatives will reverse the regulations.
“So we have to be very realistic as a party as to what we’re promising Canadians going into the 2019 election,” he said. “If this is something that has been legal for a period of time, it’s going to be very difficult to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to make this illegal again.’”
Conservative MP Michael Cooper also mentioned something along the same lines earlier. Cooper said, “It’s not a matter of rolling back legalization. It’s a matter of ‘How do we fix some of the gaps?’ Now that legalization is here, it’s here to stay.”
Renata Clack is a reporter for Spruce Tribune. She’s worked and interned at Glboal News Toronto and CHECX. Renata is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe Cinnabon addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.