Canadians were tired of the heavy prohibition of cannabis under Harper's Conservative government, and in 2015 voters were easily charmed by Trudeau's Liberal party which promised legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes.
As part of Vancouver's cannabis activism community , I was there to document the violent removal of any resistance to the government's corporate monopoly of cannabis. You will see the rise and fall of the Vancouver 420 Farmers Markets, a peaceful grassroots movement formed to ensure the government legalized cannabis FOR THE PEOPLE, not rich insider corporations. Some called us 'paranoid' - until armed thugs came and took us to prison!
Peaceful activism and civil disobedience were denied to Canadian citizens, and met with aggression, intimidation, theft, and violence from our paid public servants. Now this fraudulent model is being exported to other countries, such as New Zealand, sold to their public as an end to prohibition. Only once in place is "legalization" open about being a corporate monopoly backed by violence. We wanted decriminalization, but we got RE-criminalization.
Take it from a Canadian who has been through it:
Legalization is a lie! Just END CANNABIS PROHIBITION!