Feds blame Trudeau for 'politicizing' marijuana debate

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons...

Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa June 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

The health minister blames Justin Trudeau after doctors groups declined to participate in a government anti-marijuana campaign.

Speaking at a meeting of the Canadian Medical Association, Rona Ambrose accused the Liberal leader of "politicizing" the debate over marijuana and said that shouldn't take away from the importance of the government's message.

"Telling kids to not smoke pot is not a partisan attack on Justin Trudeau by Health Canada," Ambrose said. "It is a sound public health policy backed by science -- whether it's legal or illegal, the health risks remain the same."

The feds tried to enlist the College of Family Physicians, Canadian Medical Association and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to endorse an educational campaign aimed at discouraging young people from smoking marijuana, also illuminating Canadians about its potentially harmful effects.

An ad released by the Tories focused on Trudeau's idea to legalize marijuana, saying his policy would make it easier for children to access the drug.


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