Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto on Monday, October 15, 2018. With just hours to go before pot is legal in Canada, Trudeau says Canadian parents should be talking to their kids about the drug. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Parents, not just government, will talk to their kids about pot, Trudeau says

Marijuana will be legal in Canada within 24 hours

With just hours to go before pot is legal in Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says parents will play a role in talking to their kids about the drug.

Trudeau says a regulated market for marijuana — a pillar of his 2015 election campaign — will help keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian kids and combat the flourishing black market.

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Canadians 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory, will be able to buy and use cannabis legally on Wednesday — a drug Trudeau has admitted to using while it was illegal.

The prime minister says the federal government is also working to make pardons more accessible to people convicted of simple pot possession charges, noting the issue will be discussed in coming days and weeks.

Trudeau has faced pressure to address the pardon issue, including within his own caucus, due to the effect of possession charges on marginalized Canadians.

NDP justice critic Murray Rankin recently put forward a piece of legislation calling for criminal records to be expunged for Canadians facing minor cannabis possession charges.

The Canadian Press


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