Aug 29, 2013
By Jane Brown
Justin Trudeau’s support for the legalization of marijuana appears to be on the right side of public opinion. Last week, the Federal Liberal leader admitted he has smoked pot as recently as three years ago, while he was an MP.
Tolerance of marijuana was significantly lower in the past. A Gallup poll in 1970 found only 41 percent of Canadians supported giving fines, but no sentences, for possession of marijuana, while 45 percent were opposed.
A poll conducted last week by Forum Research found a relaxing of the rules concerning marijuana is overwhelmingly favoured. Seventy percent said they wanted legalization or decriminalization.
More high profile politicians have admitted they’ve smoking pot. Premier Kathleen Wynne was asked yesterday about Justin Trudeau’s pot smoking admission. “It has never been a big part of my life and you know, these are personal decisions that people make. And I’m not going to weigh in on a decision by another politician or an individual.” Wynne says she has smoked marijuana, but not in the last 35 years. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford declined to comment about Trudeau’s pot smoking, but laughingly admitted he has “smoked a lot of it.” Other high profile leaders who’ve admitted to smoking pot, include Ontario P.C. Leader Tim Hudak and NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.