Sunday, July 28, 2013
What is Margaret Wente Drinking?
I ask this delicate question because the Globe's would be Marie Antoinette seems singularly obsessed with what Justin Trudeau is smoking.
As only she could.
I’m not overly invested in the marijuana debate. My friends and I all smoked pot when we were young, but hardly any of us bother any more. In my circle, the drugs of choice are martinis and Chardonnay. Frankly, we consider stoners déclassé.
Putting down pot smokers, promoting booze, and making as much sense as if she was on GLUE.
For while she concedes that the marijuana laws are unfair, and that marijuana isn't a dangerous drug, she still thinks Trudeau is somehow wrong by proposing that it be legalized.
Claiming it could TRIPLE the number of smokers,
When people want something and you make it easier to get, demand generally goes up. Especially if the price goes down. And the price of legal marijuana would go way down.
When in fact it wouldn't be easier to get than it is right now. In countries where it has been legalized the number of smokers has gone down.
The strict controls over tobacco in this country have been very successful in reducing the number of cigarette smokers.
Governments would pile so many taxes on to every ounce, the price would probably remain the same as it is today.
And whatever Wente says about the situation in the U.S.
For one, the revenues from taxing pot wouldn’t be all that great, because even with a big increase in demand, marijuana is not that big a business. Nor would legalization in the U.S. drive the Mexican drug cartels out of business. That’s because pot doesn’t account for very much of their business, maybe 20 per cent. The real money’s in hard drugs.
In Canada marijuana is a BILLION dollar business, and legalizing it would put a big dent in the side of organized crime.
But the most depressing part is that Wente suggests that we should wait until we see how legalization works in the United States.
As if we can't figure things out ourselves, and where once we were leaders now we must meekly follow.
But then that's Con Canada eh? A grim place, with a tired old government that hasn't had an original idea in years.
With a maniac for a leader. Who thinks he can caricature Justin's proposal, make it sound like a priority, portray Justin as a girly man AND a pusher.
The fact that one of Justin Trudeau’s first policy priorities is legalizing marijuana demonstrates once again that he does not have the judgement to be Prime Minister.
While sending even more mostly young Canadians to prison, for no good reason.
But who doesn't seem to understand the hunger in this country, especially among younger Canadians, for something new and different. Which is at the heart of Justin Trudeau's appeal.
Oh well, I can hardly wait to see Stephen Harper going after marijuana
While pushing his favourite drug...
The old lush.
And as for Wente, all I can say is she should really go easy on the Chardonnay.
I think it's starting to cloud her already dubious judgement eh?
Today she thinks she's Marie Antoinette.
Tomorrow she'll think she's Joan of Arc.
And Harper is Jesus...
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