Liberals vote to legalize marijuana, support monarchy

Cannada – Liberals have voted in favour of legalizing marijuana, against severing ties with the monarchy, and in favour of a preferential balloting system. Passionate arguments were heard on both sides of each policy debate, but in the end Liberals voted 77 per cent in favour of legalizing marijuana. This motion states that “a new Liberal government will legalize marijuana and ensure the regulation and taxation of its production, distribution, and use, while enacting strict penalties for illegal trafficking, illegal importation and exportation, and impaired driving.” Quebec marijuana activist Marc-Boris St-Maurice urged Liberals to support the motion, adding “legalization is a good policy, prohibition is not.”

Liberals voted 67 per cent to reject a motion that would have seen Canada severe its ties with the monarchy. One young Liberal speaking against the motion, called it a “fringe issue,” while another said it would be very “divisive” for the party. Quebec Liberal MP Marc Garneau disagreed. He spoke in favour severing ties with the monarchy, saying it was “important that we kick off this debate.” Finally, Liberals also voted 73 per cent in favour of a preferential balloting system. The motion titled states that the party “implement a preferential ballot for all future national elections.” Quebec Liberal MPs Justin Trudeau and Stephane Dion spoke in favour of it. Dion said the motion would lead to a “more civilized debate in our country.” Liberals are gathering in Ottawa for a third and last day of a biennial convention. On Saturday, the Liberals voted to allow “supporters” or non-members to vote for their next party leader.

via : montreal Gazette

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