Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not include any other illicit drugs other than marijuana in upcoming legislation.
This announcement coming on the first stop on his latest tour of the west coast Thursday.
In Victoria, Trudeau commented on B.C.’s ongoing opioid crisis and his immense respect for front line workers.
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“Whether they be emergency responders or some of the extraordinary community organizations or individuals who have done an amazing job over the past years but particularly through the incredibly difficult crisis.”
But he also noted only marijuana will be part of the legalization, despite calls from experts like B.C.’s top doctor, Perry Kendall for the decriminalization of illicit drugs.
When it comes to pot, Trudeau says it’s easier for teens to buy a joint than a beer.
“I will absolutely confirm that we are moving forward on a framework to control marijuana to protect our kids and to keep our communities safer from criminals and organized crime.”
Trudeau says work on legislation around control and regulation of marijuana should be done by the summer.
He is expected to discuss the opioid crisis when he meets Premier Christy Clark in Vancouver on Friday.