Alistair asks the Prime Minister if he should have a criminal record for pot posession

Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford): Mr. Speaker, enough with the evasion, enough with the talking points. This is a direct question for the Prime Minister. Does he feel that he deserves a criminal record for having smoked marijuana, yes or no?

 

Right Hon. Justin Trudeau (Papineau): Mr. Speaker, we are moving forward on legalizing marijuana for two reasons. One is that the current regime is failing our kids. Right now, under-age kids have easier access to marijuana than those in any country around the world. There is higher per capita use by under-age Canadians than kids in any other country.

 

We want to make it more difficult for kids to access marijuana. That is why we are going to legalize and control marijuana. We also want to remove the billions of dollars from criminal organizations and street gangs that they use to commit more crimes.