06/12/2016 12:14 EDT | Updated 06/13/2017 05:12 EDT

Canada Marijuana Legalization: NDP Motion Calls On Liberals To Decriminalize Pot Possession

OTTAWA —The New Democrats are urging the Liberal government to decriminalize pot before they legalize it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned on a promise to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, and his government plans to get started next spring.

Meanwhile, simple possession of marijuana remains a criminal offence.

The NDP is introducing an opposition day motion Monday calling on the House of Commons to recognize there is a contradiction in giving people criminal records for something the government has said should not be a crime.

The motion also calls on the government to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana for personal use immediately.

Trudeau has said he does not plan to decriminalize marijuana, arguing it gives a legal stream of income to criminal organizations.

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