Speech to parliament reiterates that prime minister Justin Trudeau plans to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana using lessons learned by US states

 Canada’s governor general David Johnston and prime minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday. Photograph: Blair Gable/Reuters

Canada’s new Liberal government has repeated its pledge to legalize marijuana in a speech outlining its agenda as parliament resumes after the 19 October election.

A speech delivered by governor general David Johnston reiterated new prime minister Justin Trudeau’s plan to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana. It is a position Trudeau has held since becoming leader of the Liberal party in 2013. However, for the first time, the government said it will restrict access to marijuana but did not elaborate.

Trudeau has said that legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help remove the “criminal element” linked to the drug. He also has said Canadians would benefit from analyzing the experiences of Colorado and Washington state, which recently legalized pot.

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