Well I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau has come out in favour of legalizing marijuana.
For the noblest of reasons:
“It’s one of the only ways to keep it out of the hands of our kids because the current war on drugs, the current model is not working. We have to use evidence and science to make sure we’re moving forward on that.”
And I also see the Cons have come rushing out to denounce him for the lowest of reasons.
"These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effect they have on users and on society," the party wrote on its website. "We will continue protecting the interests of families across this country. "Our government has no interest in seeing marijuana legalized or made more easily available to youth."
And so has Jason Kenney...
For reasons unknown.
For surely a grubby 45-year-old religious fanatic who believes in CHASTITY...
Is no role model for ANYONE.
And even his equally crazed leader knows that our marijuana laws are insane.
Last year Mr. Harper himself admitted that “the current approach [to the War on Drugs] is not working.” (Conveniently, he did so in drug-ravaged Colombia, surrounded by leaders of other drug-ravaged Latin American countries. But it’s still on the record.) Yet this is a man whose government introduced a six-month mandatory minimum sentence for growing more than five marijuana plants and offering a friend a puff.
But would still jail Canadians to make himself look tough on crime. Even though the crime rate is falling, marijuana use is skyrocketing, the Great War on Drugs is a total failure. And only helps the criminals, who Harper claims to be fighting.
As for the political effects of Justin Trudeau declaration, I'm not as pessimistic as some Liberals.
Not when there is evidence in the U.S. that marijuana initiatives can encourage young people to vote.
If last month’s results are any indication, younger voters could play a key role in deciding future elections in states with marijuana ballot initiatives. Exit polls suggest voters ages 18 to 29 accounted for a noticeably greater share of voters than four years ago in Colorado, Oregon and Washington – all of which voted on marijuana measures.
It’s not so much the thought of lighting up that appeals to these younger voters, Hanauer said. Instead, they view it through the same lens as same-sex marriage – as a justice and fairness issue.
And there is no reason the same thing couldn't happen here...
As for me, I'm just glad that at the very least we might have another Great Marijuana Debate. The one I thought we had settled years ago.
Not just because I believe that if you are going to take drugs, marijuana is a better and safer drug than alcohol. Or believe that NOBODY should go to prison for smoking it.
But also because I'm sick of watching the reek of hypocrisy hang as heavy in the air as the smell of marijuana does on a Saturday night in this country, from coast to coast to coast.
So good for Justin, and if the NDP is smart it might consider matching his offer.
As for the Cons, I don't think they're going to get any
I mean I can understand why Jason Kenney is against the sacred herb eh?
With all the ethnic banquets he attends, and the way he eats...
If he got the munchies, he'd hoover up the buffet table...
As for Stephen Harper, with all the criminal investigations buzzing around him like horse flies, I hardly think he's in a position to pose as a crime buster.
And now that Canadians know that he has an Enemy List, the last thing they need is to see is him threaten to go after all the people who smoke pot in Canada.
It would not make him look like a Great New/Nouveau Nicer Kinder Gentler Leader eh?
It would make him look like a MANIAC.
Or this guy...
Yup. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what the end of Con Canada looks like eh?
And before their deranged leader jails us ALL.
Let's roll up the Cons like a spliff. Or a fish in a newspaper.
Light 'em up.
And SMOKE them in the next election...
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