Governor General David Johnston repeated the Liberal government’s pledge to legalize cannabis during this afternoon’s throne speech in Ottawa.
“The government will introduce legislation that will provide greater support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; that will get handguns and assault weapons off our streets; and that will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana,” Johnston said, in the only reference to Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise.
Johnston told the House of Commons that the Liberal agenda was “ambitious” but said the new government would “make real change happen.”
“Better is not only possible — it is the inevitable result when Canadians work together,” Johnston said in the first speech to the new government since October’s election.
The Liberals have laid out no timeline for legalization and, until new laws are in place, the government has said they have no intention of stopping ongoing police action against Canada’s cannabis community.