Is Tom Mulcair just blowing smoke, or is there merit to him saying that if elected he will legalize marijuana? In every election it’s a highly debated issue and now two of the three party leaders have said they support legalizing the highly contested drug. But what could it mean here in Prince George.
For Jinny Burnett, her Hemp Shop has a steady flow of customers throughout the day. And she thinks that if marijuana is legalized after the October 19th election, her shop will become busier.
“A lot of people I think don’t come in because they’re worried about it. or they pick special times to come in because they don’t want anybody to see them. If it’s out in the open a little bit more they’ll probably be more comfortable about it.”
The store sells products associated with smoking weed. And while Burnett supports decriminalizing the drug, she doesn’t support the Mulcair and Trudeau’s vows to eventually legalize the drug.
“If they legalize it, it’s going to get into stores and it’s going to be taxed. The government’s going to make a whole bunch of money. And the rest of us are going to be paying for it. If it’s just decriminalized then you can have your own you can grow your own, you can carry a little bit, you can use it as you need it.”
Just days ago NDP leader Mulcair changed his stance from saying he will decriminalize the drug, to vowing to eventually legalizing it.
But Prime Minister Stephen Harper maintains his stance that marijuana is harmful.
“When you go down that route, marijuana becomes more readily, available to children, more people become addicted to it and the health outcomes become worse.”
However, Sharon Hurd from Phoenix Transition society says that from her nearly 40 years of being an addictions specialist, marijuana is seldom the culprit when it comes to addiction.
Harpers stance on the issue remains firm, but with Mulcair and Trudeau planting the seeds for decriminalization and eventual legalization of marijuana, come October 19th a change could be in Canada’s future.