Liberal marijuana policy excites Dal students

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The new picture of the Liberal party?

The Liberal Party of Canada adopted a resolution calling for the legalization of marijuana at their renewal convention on Sunday Jan. 15. The party's youth delegation put forward the resolution in an attempt to make their party more relevant to young people.

According to Taylor Quinn, an IDS student at Dalhousie, it's a big deal. 

"This is a good thing for Canada," says Quinn. "It'll be regulated, so a lot of the risk will be reduced." However, Quinn questions the sincerity of the move.
"It's a ploy to get the youth vote," he says.

Tristan Doleman, a chemistry student, was even more skeptical. "What if they don't keep their promises?" asks Doleman.
"It would affect my vote, for sure, but they'd have to convince me that they meant it."

Another student, John MaGill, says it's a good thing for the party. "It's bold. Brave," says MaGill. "It would definitely affect my vote."

Other students, such as first-year math student Emily Clarke, disagree with the idea. "I hate weed," says Clarke. "I've seen it ruin lives... I'm not for it. I don't think it's right." Clarke said the issue would still get her to the polls.

Recreational therapy student Bianca Jakisa thinks it will make Canada look bad. "If people come to Canada, and they saw people getting high on the street corner, what would they think?"

However, despite having not voted in the last election, she says this issue would make her vote: "I'd learn more about it because of my demographic. I'd pay more attention." Either for it or against, it, most students we spoke to seemed very interested in the issue, even if they didn't follow politics.

The resolution is not binding, so it may not be a part of the Liberal platform, but it was passed with 77 per cent support. The convention, held in Ottawa, had the highest attendance of any non-leadership Liberal convention since 1978.

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