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Canadian PM Trudeau mandates justice minister to legalize cannabis

During his successful campaign trail, Justin Trudeau promised marijuana laws would be changed within the first two years of his government

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Keeping in line with his liberal campaign promises, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mandated his Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould to start federal procedures that will eventually lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

His mandate came in the form of a letter posted on his official website in which he said he expected Canadians to hold his government accountable in delivering commitments made during the elections.

“[Expect you] work with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana,” the letter read.

Last month, Trudeau promised marijuana laws would be changed within the first two years of his government.

However, Trudeau’s cannabis policies are not as liberal as some may think. During his campaign, the now-Canadian PM said he was not comfortable with marijuana being sold at local corner stores, stressing that any changes would need to make it more difficult for minors to get their hands on the drug, according to CBC.