Justin Trudeau apologizes for swearing following Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Pot policy: Harper, Trudeau clash over marijuana legalization

The debate over marijuana use in Canada has emerged in the federal election, pitting Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau squarely against Conservative Leader Stephen Harper over legalization.

Earlier this week, Trudeau stirred controversy when he vowed to legalize cannabis if elected. A day after clashing with Trudeau over the matter at the French-language debate, Harper challenged his opponent’s stance again, and said marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco.

  • Maurixio Garciasanchez

    Justin makes people laugh with his sense of humor , Harper makes people too feel in panic with his campaign adds base on terrorism .

    • David

      jumped the shark again

    • Clink9

      Wipe your chin Mo.

  • Why waste political good will on the issue of pot.

    Get over it. It is here. Like it or not.

    Your only choice is tax it, or have men with guns, do piss poor social work.

    The Washington state experiment has generated lots of tax revenues. And there has been zero crime.

    Would you waste political good will on alcohol prohibition?

    • jayme

      To say there has been zero crime is really not true.

      • Cite your source. Prove your statement.

        Like I said. Your only choice is tax it, or have men with guns, do piss poor social work.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    What will we do with the legions of displaced, unemployed cops, lawyers, judges, jailers and politicians who are all so hopelessly addicted to their pay cheques??? …that’s the real addiction problem we’re dealing with, folks…

    • FactsWillOut

      Perhaps we can put them all in jail?

  • Justin Truedope is demonstrating once again that he hasn’t reflected very deeply on the issue.

    I would never encourage anyone to use pot, for the same reason I would never encourage anyone to take up “social drinking”. Because neither of these practices are 100% safe. For example, if I had a friend “John” who was a complete abstainer from alcohol, it would be idiotic to encourage him to become a social drinker just because I thought it was “perfectly safe”. Although most people who are social drinkers don’t end up alcoholics, some in fact do. Suppose “John” happens to be one of those people who has a predisposition to alcoholism, and I was the one who got him started? Suppose as result, John loses his job, his marriage, his family and ends up dying on skid row? I would be responsible for convincing him that “social drinking” is harmless, and for not taking into account that some people are predisposed to alcoholism. I should have encouraged him to remain an abstainer instead.

    Same thing goes with pot — most people don’t move on to harder drugs, BUT SOME PEOPLE DO. Encouraging people to use pot on the basis that it is “100% safe” and will never lead to harder drugs, is totally irresponsible. Same thing goes with gambling and a menagerie of other legal vices. I’m not talking about prohibition here, I’m talking about common sense. And Justin doesn’t have any.

  • FactsWillOut

    Marijuana should be legalized. So should coke, heroin, LSD, etc.

    • Xavier

      I agree. Let Darwinism run its course.

      But, no public assistance if you test positive.

      • Ah, but there’s where you demonstrate your lack of knowledge — most Lefties drink pepsi, not coke. Hence, Darwinism thwarted!

        • Xavier

          And all this time I thought they drank Kool-Aid.

      • FactsWillOut

        Now, now, X, you don’t really want state-forced blood tests, do you?

  • Xavier

    I’d like to beat the shit out of him just because of that face hair.

    • Exile1981

      He looks like an evil extra from a star episode.

      • Clausewitz

        Yep, original series in what passed for a Klingon in those days.

  • Edubeat

    Was Justin playing in Hamlet: Prince of Outrement when he wore the GOATee when he was in high school. He should be at Stratford not in politics.

    • Clausewitz

      Nope, he failed as a substitute drama teacher. He got his ass canned for interfering in the parental student relationship at the private school he was teaching at and was summarily terminated.