Cannabis And The Trudeau Legacy Of Protecting Rights and Freedoms

This week marks the 48th anniversary of Pierre Trudeau's famous declaration: "There is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation."

He made that comment during a press scrum after introducing a bill to revise Canada's Criminal Code and prevent people from being charged with homosexual acts done in private. "What's done in private between adults doesn't concern the Criminal Code," Trudeau told reporters.

Now Pierre's son Justin Trudeau, Canada's newest prime minister, is working on keeping the government out of the bedrooms, rec rooms, man caves and other private places where Canadians enjoy cannabis.

So how are gay rights relevant to cannabis legalization?

If the connection seems like a bit of a leap, keep in mind that Trudeau 23 is finishing work that Trudeau 15 began in 1969, when he launched a royal commission to decide if there was sufficient evidence to justify the prohibition on cannabis. And 46 years ago this week, that commission brought John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Canada to offer their testimony and to meet the prime minister. (We'll honor that anniversary in a couple of days, so stay tuned!)

So Trudeau is just following in his father's footsteps by enhancing the individual rights and freedoms of Canadians in all aspects of their lives. And while Pierre didn't follow through with legalization, he certainly helped set the stage for it to happen decades later - if only by having a son that was prepared to take the lead.

Here's a sound file of the 1967 scrum, in which he makes the "bedrooms of the nation" comment:

h/t CBC


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