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A medical marijuana user rolls a joint in Vancouver in this photo from 2012.
A medical marijuana user rolls a joint in Vancouver in this photo from 2012.
(John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail)

Politics of pot: Why the Tories are softening on marijuana

The politics of marijuana have shifted so much in the last 25 years that Canada appears finally to be on the verge of major change.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has proposed legalizing marijuana so that it could be regulated and taxed. The NDP have called for its decriminalization. The Conservatives, despite their gleeful criticism of Mr. Trudeau, took a cautious step in the same direction last week by saying they’re looking at a policy that would allow police to issue tickets for possession, rather than lay a criminal charge.