For many, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can do no wrong. Telegenic, young and liberal-minded, he’s delivering on an election promise that will cement his reputation with young voters and baby-boomers alike: the legalisation of cannabis.
In some ways, cannabis legalisation is one of those issues like same-sex marriage, or decriminalised abortion, that speaks to a sense of social progress. Certainly in Canada, it finds widespread acceptance; 68 per cent of the public are in favour of legalisation, according to Canadian pollsters Forum Research.
It will become operative next July: a move that makes Canada the first industrialised country to properly bring legal cannabis to market. And some cannabis entrepreneurs now think the country could allow the burgeoning industry to fully mature.
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