Saturday, July 27, 2013

Bring on the BC bud 

Kinsella thinks Trudeau's pot legalization proposal is a mistake:
To sum up: a policy that is made on the fly, apparently without much caucus consultation – to curry favour with a segment who mostly don’t vote – and that will (a) place Liberals on the defensive in the 2015 election and (b) would have a debilitating effect on Canadians, and Canadian trade, at the border. Some Liberals may think that’s great. I think it’s dumb.
He may be right, but I hope not.
This summer when we were on the ferry between Vancouver and Victoria, a sardonic announcement came over the PA system asking the the group smoking marijuana on deck six to put it out, with the reminder that though it was legal in Washington state it wasn't legal in BC.  The boat rocked with laughter.  That's how seriously everyone now takes our drug laws.
Of all the "wars" fought in my lifetime, the war on drugs has been the stupidest and the most destructive, ruining young people's lives with criminal records while enriching some of the worst criminal organizations on the continent. If all of the people now addicted to alcohol could switch to cannabis, their families would be a lot better off -- nobody ever got high and started a fight in a bar or beat up on their wife and kids.
And BC growers could make a fortune.

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