More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future. The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. Canada became the second on Wednesday and its size and global standing likely will encourage others to follow. Here’s a look at other nations that could be influenced by Canada’s legalization…
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday his government will consider, after the recreational use of cannabis is legalized on October 17, pardoning persons convicted in the past of simple pot possession. Trudeau said: “Well, as we have said, we’ll look at that once the law has been changed. So from October 17, we will start looking at the best way to do it.”
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s chief NAFTA negotiator says negotiators are racing against the clock because of a US-set deadline. US President Donald Trump has been pushing for a complete overhaul of the 25-year-old continental trade deal, which he says has been a “rip-off” for the United States. Tempers flared this week on both sides as the end-of-month deadline approached.
“We’re not getting along with their negotiators,” US President Trump said. Canada PM Justin Trudeau fired back: “We won’t sign a bad deal for Canada.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday he wanted a good NAFTA deal as soon as possible, but did not answer directly when asked if he agreed with Washington that the end of September was the final deadline for talks. “We have seen various deadlines put forward as markers to work for,” Trudeau told reporters when asked whether he felt that the end of September was the final deadline.
As crunch talks between the U.S. and Canada on a new NAFTA deal restart, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said no to demands from American lawmakers to weaken cultural protections for local media assets prized by Hollywood and Wall Street investors.
“It is inconceivable to Canadians that an American network might buy Canadian media affiliates, whether it’s newspapers or TV stations or TV networks,” Trudeau said during a press conference.