Mr. Speaker, I guess the good news for the minister is that when she has finished with politics, she will certainly have a career in stand-up comedy. If we look at the premise she is trying to explain to the House, she is saying that the status quo is not working, that we have the highest rates.
Statistics Canada says that between 2002 and 2012, the number of 15 to 17 year olds reported to having used marijuana went from 40% to 25%. From 18 to 24 year olds, it went from 62% to 54%. The number of 15 to 17 year olds who reported having used marijuana the previous 12 months, dropped about 30% over the same time.
The minister has heard the arguments how in other jurisdictions it has actually gone up when it has been legalized. Why should Canadians believe her over Stats Canada? This is not a joke.