Trudeau’s plan to legalize pot is an insult to Canadians

A string of broken promises — from tax cuts to electoral reform — has left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau desperate for a quick win on one of his surviving marquee platform pledges. Thus, late last month, it was announced that his Liberal government would finally get around to legalizing marijuana, with the gimmicky kick-off date at one time even rumored to be set for April 20 — the traditional holy day of pot smokers.

Those who consume marijuana on a regular basis have been persuaded to swallow all manner of nonsense about the drug, from its supposedly miraculous medicinal properties (vigorously denied by the Canadian medical establishment) to its ability to unlock vast reserves of creative brilliance in otherwise dormant minds.

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  • 420

    Pot is the gratist medicine of them all! It reely hellps with yor thinkin and creeattifitti!

    An once its leegall for 18 yeer olds think aboot how high skule graids will go!

    • I see that.

    • Jabberwokk

      Hey mang I play a kazoo. I need it.

  • FactsWillOut

    I suspect it will be no more legal than booze, ie the feds will hand another racket to the provinces.
    If you think booze is legal, well, I suggest that you brew some beer and distill some shine and sell it from your porch like lemonade, and see how that goes.

    All economic activity is illegal unless you pay the racketeers, the more potentially lucrative the activity, the more onerous the red tape and fees.

    This is what some folk call “freedom.”

    • It won’t eliminate the dealers, they’ll be selling better, more readily available product at a cheaper price.

      • moraywatson

        Dealers will manage your ‘four plants’ for you, just like the non-pasteurized milk folks who bought cows and ‘leased’ them back to the dairy farmer.

      • FactsWillOut

        Given the choices:
        1) buy from a government racket, or
        2) buy from a private citizen

        choice (2) is always the better choice, for a whole slew of reasons.

        • Jabberwokk

          Or option three:

          3) Don’t buy it.

          • Reader

            My big concern is once it is legal, I can see some potheads deciding that it is easier to grow lots of pot in secluded spots in public parks rather than paying for high Liberal hydro rates to light the plants at home.

            I do believe that it should have been decriminalized for those of the age of majority, but I also believe that age should not be 18, but 21. By being decriminalized but not legal, it might make it a bit harder for some kids to get ahold of it.

            We don’t need children having their developing brains damaged by cannabis; that’s the role Kathleen Wynne’s school curriculum was mean for!

          • Jabberwokk

            Yes indeed.My issue is that I live next to a school where I see kids lighting up cigarettes all day everyday. They don’t care about laws only opportunity. Anyone who thinks this won’t lead directly to abuse and long term net negatives is naive.

          • Liberal Progressive

            But at least they will vote Liberal!

            That is if they remember to vote on election day.

          • FactsWillOut

            Ahh, the “Think of the Children!!!” mantra.

            Keerist!

          • canminuteman

            There is plenty of “Guerrilla Gardening” going on already. It’s hardly a new idea.

          • FactsWillOut

            I was talking about goods/services in general.

        • deplorabledave

          914 od’s in BC last year.

          • FactsWillOut

            Who cares?

      • tom_billesley

        Manchester, England has been having a big problem with people on the streets in a zombie-like trance after taking the synthetic cannabinoid “Spice”.

  • moraywatson

    Freedom is good. That laws need to be passed to allow the exercise of ‘freedom’ is the insult.

    • FactsWillOut

      Indeed.
      An insult to our intelligence, but we’re used to that by now, heck we have a brain-damaged little girl shot in the head by Muslims (Malala) as a mascot for tolerance of Muslims. I cannot heavily enough underscore how fucked we are.

  • Canadian Born

    Trudeau’s plan is an insult to Canadians? Wake up Canadians, Trudeau himself and the people that voted him in to lead this country, are really the ones that are insulting this once great country.

  • ismiselemeas

    I wish they’d stop going on about medical cannabis. It’s such a crock.

    • FactsWillOut

      Bullshit.
      Some sufferers of chronic pain swear by it. That fact, in and of itself, means that marijuana has medical uses. Period.

      • Alain

        I have two neighbours who only use it that way. One an elderly woman who uses it in a cream form to rub on her joints, and a fellow who grows and smokes a bit when his back pain gets to be too much. I know the fellow seldom smokes it and is no pot head. Both are still very conservative in their views and politics. It seems the key as in all things is moderation.

        • Justin St.Denis

          Parents of epileptic and autistic kids are discovering the benefits of particular strains of cannabis. More research into cannabis as medicine needs to be done.

        • CoolTolerance

          Only a few puffs suffice to get the job done.
          It’s great as a sleeping aid and you wake up full alert.
          It also lowers blood pressure.
          The problem is most people will smoke the whole joint and become dysfunctional. Also, don’t make a habit out of it.

          • FactsWillOut

            Most people don’t smoke pot.
            If some people want to get stoned outta their gourds, well then, who cares?

          • CoolTolerance

            You would be surprised as to how many are closet smokers. Many in the police force and many professionals also. It’s recreational, not abused, and kept very quiet.
            What worries me is the kids. But seeing how it is so readily available almost everywhere, I hope common sense prevails.

          • FactsWillOut

            Kids are the parent’s responsibility, not the state’s.
            If the parents screw up, well, too bad, so sad.

      • Jabberwokk

        Hey remember when doctors promoted Cigarettes and had there surveys to tell people how great it was?

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-y_N4u0uRQ

      • ismiselemeas

        There are dozens of plant based compounds used for pain relief which have been prescribed and used for centuries. Their effects are verifiable, evidential and reproducible. Cannabis is not one of them, never has been and never will be. If it had ANY efficacy it would have been used by the pharmaceutical and medical communities already. Apart from pain relief there are also hundreds of plant based compounds used in modern medicine every day all around the world to cure or alleviate illness and, again, cannabis is not among them. Pot gets you high, that’s all it does.

        • FactsWillOut

          Wow.
          If someone who is high on pot can deal more easily with their pain, then it’s a medical use.
          Sheesh, give your kid some Ritalen already! Its good for what ails him, according to your masters.

    • Justin St.Denis

      You should consider a STFU policy when it comes to stuff you know sweet eff-all about.

      • ismiselemeas

        Your rude bullying and base language is unbecoming of this forum. You have no idea about what I know or don’t know. For your benefit, I am a Registered Nurse who has worked in ER, surgical theatre and medical wards all over the world and have a deep and abiding familiarity with the pharmaceutical industry. Cannabis has no medical efficacy. If it did it would have been exploited by now.

        • John Boy

          What about prescription Marinol to reduce chemotherapy nausea?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Yeah, Justin, you’re so rude.
            I’m telling mom.

          • Justin St.Denis

            I feel so chastened. 😉

    • Reader
      • CoolTolerance

        That was good !!

  • Pat that moron on the back. He fulfilled his promise of taxing potheads and making the air around normal people smell like burning garbage trapped in tires.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      This legislation will be as lucrative as the four million dollar gun registry.

    • FactsWillOut

      So you think armed goons should go around and protect you from smells you personally find objectionable?

      • I expect to enjoy my personal liberty which I can’t do if some jackanapes stinks or is too high to operate a vehicle.