Andrew Scheer, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, has not promised to keep cannabis legal if elected prime minister in 2019.
"The Conservative Party will fulfill our due diligence, investigate the consequences of this decision, and we will investigate the reality on the ground," Scheer told CTV Thursday (19659004) "We have to be realistic about what such a change means to society and all its impact. "
Now that cannabis is legal and the emerging industry is awakening on many different fronts, is there a chance that the conservatives could actually reverse the legalization?
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"No, not really," said Jamie Shaw, partner of the groundwork cannabis agency Groundwork, in response to this question.
Shaw stressed that the work that has been put into legalization since the election of the Liberals in the fall of 2015 is one reason why the Conservatives may need to rethink the lifting of the legalization of cannabis, especially if the covenant goes "I can not imagine the provinces being happy after spending all their time legalizing cannabis," Shaw said. "Getting your stores started and finding out how it will work, then the federal government does not mind."
Rielle Capler, PhD student in cannabis policy at the University of British Columbia, agrees that it would be very cumbersome for the conservatives to reverse the legalization of cannabis in 2019.
"I think it would be very difficult," said Capler. "With the current bill, it took two and a half years at warp speed to pass and implement, which was that governments at all levels came together and worked diligently on it."
Capler pointed out that for a bill, the Cannabis would again criminalize several readings in the House of Commons and the Senate, and she does not think it would survive the first reading.
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"You would need support," Capler said. "The question is not so much, but why would you want to do that?"
"This is a multi-billion dollar industry that will be in full force and employ thousands of Canadians. At that time, I do not think there would be support for the reversal.
Conservatives have consistently resisted legalized cannabis and almost universally either voted or voted against the law on the legalization of cannabis, Bill C. 45 at its third reading in the house.
According to Capler, their opposition is likely a matter of ideology and a way to appeal to their constituents. But by 2019, "their voters will not be supportive," she says.
"I think many (the voters) will be involved in the industry," she said. "It will be in every fabric of society, employing thousands upon thousands of Canadians, so that their constituency will not support this attitude."
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"Look at Project Claudia in Toronto," Shaw said, referring to a police crackdown on illegal drugs cannabis pharmacies. "It seemed to stop more of the opening, but it certainly did not stop the (dispensaries) that were there, most were opened the next day.
" It's a loss strategy. "
Scheer admitted that he will pursue a wait-and-see strategy when it comes to legalizing cannabis.
"We're going to propose changes to the regime based on the feedback we see," he told Global News.
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In the past, Scheer has stressed that it is "realistic" when it comes to legalizing cannabis, and told Global News in April 2017, "If this is legal for a while "It'll be very difficult to say" Hey, we'll make that illegal again. "
If the US is an indication, this" realism "will be for cannabis, which, according to Capler, has no negative consequences from the US – States that have legalized cannabis, such as Colorado or Washington in 2012.
"There were a lot of anxiety, myths and propaganda about cannabis," Capler said. "I think as soon as it's legalized and implemented, it does it was, we will see that the sky does not fall and that it contributes to society in many ways, and there will be a change of heart for people who had fears and concerns.
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