Legalising marijuana will make Canadians safer, insists PM Trudeau

Addressing the Canadian public’s questions and concerns regarding his plan to legalise production, distribution, and use of recreational marijuana, the Liberal prime minister said: “Convincing me to move towards legalisation was very much done on a policy basis; the fact that the current approach is not working, it’s hurting Canadians, it’s funding criminals and we have to make a change in our policy.”

Recognising that adults in Canada are making the choice to are making the choice to use marijuana, Mr Trudeau added that “criminal organisations are making billions of dollars a year on that trade means that somewhere our system is failing… to keep Canadian safe.”

Referring to the counter-arguments to his policy in countries such as the United States of America, Justin Trudeau concluded “we see states like Colorado move forward with a commercial mindset…  whereas we are approaching it purely from a health and safety standpoint. T“

The full interview with Prime Minister Trudeau can be watched here.

LI ExCom registration open: Liberals to convene in DA-run Johannesburg to exchange better governance models
13/09/2017
Twelve months after the Democratic Alliance (DA) won some of South Africa’s most important cities in nationwide local elections, Liberal International is proud to announce that the global federation of liberal and democratic political parties will convene its 199th Executive Committee meeting in DA-governed Johannesburg – the largest city in South Africa and one of the wealthiest cities on the continent. The ExCom will be held in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) between 27-29th October 2017.
Governance
Russian liberals emerge as second largest party in Moscow after regional election
12/09/2017
Challenging the party of Russian President Vladimir Putin a liberal coalition, of which YABLOKO (LI full member) is a part, has become the second largest party in the capital, Moscow, after regional elections throughout the country last weekend.
Elections
VP Diallo addresses thousands at RDR congress in Côte d’Ivoire
11/09/2017
“This leadership [of Alassane Dramane Ouattara] is recognized beyond the borders of our continent”, Liberal International vice-president Cellou Dalein Diallo (UFDG – LI full member, Guinea) said, as he addressed crowds of 10,000 people assembled for the third congress of Rassemblement des Républicains (RDR – LI full member, Côte d'Ivoire) last weekend.
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