Should Justin Trudeau regret smoking pot?
Or, to be more accurate, should Trudeau regret admitting during an interview with
The Huffington Post that he smoked marijuana?
Actually, Trudeau said he doesn't enjoy smoking pot, which is why he doesn't do it anymore.
But the five or six times he's smoked dope weren't a mistake, he told reporters in Quebec.
His handlers probably think otherwise, fearing the admission and media frenzy that's accompanied it will, in some way, damage the party's chances in the next federal election.
Never mind that Trudeau is an advocate for legalizing marijuana and has a policy that pushes for the same. It makes sense that someone who wants to legalize pot would have, at some point, smoked it.
It should be noted that Trudeau doesn't drink coffee, nor has he pushed to criminalize it.
He's also interested in ending a marijuana prohibition policy that he says costs law enforcement $500 million a year and has left 475,000 people with criminal records since the Conservatives took office in 2006.
Trudeau's youngest brother, Michel, was charged with marijuana possession shortly before his 1998 death in an avalanche, so the matter is also a personal one.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is likely rubbing his hands with glee at the attention on
Trudeau. Anything to take the heat off his party's own political woes and provide another opportunity to question Trudeau's judgment as leader.
Harper told The Huffington Post he hasn't smoked marijuana and his government has no desire to legalize or decriminalize cannabis.
Coincidence? To be fair, Harper said he has asthma and this prevented him from trying pot.
Our MP Cathy McLeod has asked if a law breaker — in this case Trudeau — should be a law maker, a weak argument given so many at one time or another have broken the law to some degree.
Politically, Trudeau shouldn't have owned up to his dalliance with dope. But, as someone who has a talent for staying in the spotlight, this won't hurt his image one bit.
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