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Justin Trudeau wants to legalize marijuana

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau took his stance on marijuana a step further in a public appearance in Kelowna, B.C. this week.

"I'm actually not in favour of decriminalizing cannabis. I'm in favour of legalizing it -- tax and regulate," he said, over a burst of applause from the crowd.

Trudeau gave his opinion without being asked a direct question, in response to a sign advocating the decriminalization of cannabis.

"It's one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids," he added.

In response to Trudeau's comments, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Peter MacKay's spokesperson said the Conservative government has no intention of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana.

"These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society. We will continue protecting the interests of families across this country," wrote Paloma Aguilar in an email to Global News.

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