For many – Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can do no wrong.
Telegenic – young and liberal-minded – he’s delivering on an election promise that will cement his reputation with young voters and baby-boomers alike: the legalisation of cannabis.
In some ways cannabis legalisation is one of those issues like same-sex marriage or decriminalised abortion – that speaks to a sense of social progress.
Certainly in Canada it finds widespread acceptance; 68 per cent of the public are in favour of legalisation – according to Canadian pollsters Forum Research.
It will become operative next July: a move that makes Canada the first industrialised country to properly bring legal cannabis to market.