Pro to the question "Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal?"
"Look, our approach on legalizing marijuana is not about creating a boutique industry or bringing in tax revenue, it's based on two very simple principles:
The first one is, young people have easier access to cannabis now... And whatever you might think or studies seen about cannabis being less harmful than alcohol or even cigarettes, the fact is it is bad for the developing brain and we need to make sure that it's harder for underage Canadians to access marijuana. And that will happen under a controlled and regulated regime.
The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that's profiting from those, and that has offshoots into so many other criminal activities.
I have no doubt that Canadians and entrepreneurs will be tremendously innovative in finding ways to create positive economic benefits from the legalization and control of marijuana, but our focus is on protecting kids and protecting our streets."
Christopher Ingraham, "Justin Trudeau May Have Made the Best Case for Legal Pot Ever," washingtonpost.com, June 10, 2016
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Prime Minister of Canada, 2015-present
Leader, Canadian Liberal Party, 2013-2015
Canadian Parliament Member, 2008-2015
Chair, Task Force on Youth Renewal, Canadian Liberal Party, 2006
Former Board Member, Canadian Avalanche Foundation
Chairman, Board of Directors, Katimavik (a national youth organization), 2002-2006
Former Spokesman, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Former elementary school math teacher, Vancouver, Canada
Former high school French teacher, Vancouver, Canada
Former radio host
Former snowboard instructor
Former nightclub bouncer
BEd, Education, University of British Columbia, 1998