August 23, 2013 11:20 am
Updated: August 23, 2013 3:30 pm

‘Star Trek’ actor George Takei praises Trudeau for pot admission


TORONTO — Star Trek‘s Hikaru Sulu said Friday Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has boldly gone where few politicians have gone before by admitting to having smoked marijuana.

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“It’s going to be a great positive for him,” said George Takei during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show. “It serves Canada well to have a politician who can be known for his honesty and forthrightness.”

Takei noted “the popular perception of politicians is that they’re cynical, that they’re conniving, that they put on a facade” and said Trudeau should be commended for being open about his pot use.

“That kind of forthrightness, that kind of honesty, can be his signature.”

The 76-year-old actor said laws need to change to fit the times.

“He can be a leader on that,” Takei said.

Earlier, on the Toronto edition of The Morning Show, Takei praised Canada for leading the way in marriage equality.

“You have been way ahead of us. We look to Canada for inspiration,” said the outspoken — and openly gay — advocate for same-sex marriage rights in the U.S. “There are still 37 states that don’t have equality so we have a long way to go yet.”

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