2019 Canadian Federal Election: Cannabis Legalization Platforms

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The Canadian Federal Election on October 21, 2019 is fast approaching. On August 21, Puff Puff Post decided to conduct an experiment in order to determine how effectively each party would provide information related to their respective stance on cannabis legalization.

Using the contact sections on each of the party websites, we reached out to 6 political parties – Liberal, Conservative, NDP, Green Party, Bloc Québécois, Marijuana Party – which we hoped would be the most interested in sharing their stance on legalized cannabis prior to the 2019 Canadian Federal Election. To date, only 1 of the 6 parties – The Green Party – has responded with the information we were seeking.

Here is a list of the 6 parties which were contacted, the date they responded to our request, and the information provided.

Green Party

Green Party

  • Party Leader: Elizabeth May
  • Date of Response: August 27
  • Respondent: Rosie Emery, Press Secretary

The Green Party supported the legalization of cannabis.

Greens support record expungement in lieu of record suspension. Expungement is the preferred option.

A year into the legalization of cannabis, the flaws in the regulatory framework for cannabis production and sale are evident and a reform agenda is emerging.

Although one of the goals of legalization was to undermine the black market, since October 2018 the percentage of Canadians obtaining cannabis from illegal sources has not dropped below 38 per cent. Contributing to this is an approach to legalization that treats the production of cannabis as uniquely dangerous. Security requirements mean growers must use more energy and water and deal with diseases and pests that thrive in greenhouses, increasing costs and hobbling their ability to meet production expectations. CBD (cannabidiol), used medicinally to reduce pain and anxiety, is not available to many who have prescriptions, increasing the illegal market for cannabis.

A Green government will:

  • Lower the federally set price for cannabis to make it competitive with illegal supplies
  • Eliminate requirements for excess plastic packaging on legal cannabis.
  • Remove the sales tax on medicinal products.
  • Allow outdoor production and impose organic production standards.
  • Exempt CBD from the restrictions of the Prescriptions List, allowing hemp growers to produce it as a natural health product. This would strengthen the hemp industry and increase supply so those who use it for medicinal purposes do not have to purchase it illegally.

Liberal Party

Liberal Party

  • Party Leader: Justin Trudeau
  • Date of Response: None
  • Respondent: None

Conservative Party

Conservative Party

  • Party Leader: Andrew Scheer
  • Date of Response: None
  • Respondent: None

New Democratic Party

New Democratic Party (NDP)

  • Party Leader: Tommy Douglas
  • Date of Response: None
  • Respondent: None

Bloc Québécois

Bloc Québécois

  • Party Leader: Lucien Bouchard
  • Date of Response: None
  • Respondent: None

Marijuana Party

Marijuana Party

  • Party Leader: Blair Longley
  • Date of Response: None
  • Respondent: None

We at Puff Puff Post do not endorse any specific party or candidate, and believe that it is vital to provide our readers with accurate information. We will update this list as we receive further contact. In the event that we do not receive additional information one month prior to the 2019 Canadian Federal Election, we will populate this list with information obtained through other research.

Make sure to get out and VOTE on October 21, 2019!

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