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Pot and Politicians- A Curious Blend That Is Hard To Keep Lit.

prison sentences and criminal records.

I’m not holding my breath!

Justin Trudeau, our newly elected Prime Minister and occasional pot smoker, has set the cat out amongst the pigeons with his announced legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes.

Odd description that, recreational, sorta like, golfing, curling or hiking I suppose.

PM Trudeau is legalizing marijuana

PM Trudeau is legalizing marijuana

Even before his November election victory so called medical marijuana outlets/dispensaries were evident throughout most Canadian cities.

In response, a hodge podge of regulations has created a circus of contradiction and confusion.

Our on again off again posture has been around for some time. Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien was about to legalize weed in 2003 but the Americans freaked out and so he backed off.

Poll after poll show that a clear majority want to see an end to the hopeless enforcement game that ties up police resources, the courts and in some case saddles otherwise law abiding Canadians with prison sentences and criminal records.

But still some jurisdictions, including the City of Duncan, stutter and stammer courting the approval of those who oppose the changes.

5-POT-PROBLEMSToday bong shops are evident throughout Cowichan and straight out dispensaries are popping up as well.

Oh my, what to do!

It seems not to have occurred to the majority of Duncan City Council that these outlets are largely supported by many of their taxpaying voters.

City politicians instead decided to draw up bylaws which are a waste of time, money and resources. It is of no use. The horse has left the barn!

Let's pretend that we can actually do something to stem the rising tide.

Overheard in Council  Chambers.” Let’s pretend that we can actually do something to stem the rising tide. Harumph! We will pass a bylaw by gum.”

While the politicians and clerks fiddle with what to do I personally favour Tommy Chong’s response when asked what to in regard to legalizing weed,  he said in part, “Don’t do anything, just quit busting people!”

That is a position supported by the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well.

That of course is far too sensible a response, but the message is worth remembering as we prepare for the transition into a taxed and regulated model across the country.

Trudeau to legalize Marijuana

Trudeau has directed his Justice Minister to legalize marijuana

 

The Duncan Mayor and Council  should  lighten up and quit wasting their time and our money pandering to a few uptight out of touch shop keepers.

It won’t be long before the matter of cannabis shops in our downtown shopping areas will be as common as Wednesday. We will all be better off for it.

 

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3 comments to Pot and Politicians- A Curious Blend That Is Hard To Keep Lit.

  • Roland Morgan

    Legalization (or just decriminalisation) of pot would be a godsend for me. I have been waiting 52 years for something sensible to happen. Now I’m 70 and nothing has. Homosexuality, abortions, transgender, etc., it’s all been legalised and poor ol’ pot still throws people in jail and causes criminal records. How barmy is this society? I’m so aged I’ve had to give pot up. If Trudeau flops on his promise I’ll have to give up on society, too!

  • Don Maroc

    The Duncan Council action may be unnecessary. A person who owns a small commercial building had space to lease and received a call from a prospective tenant who intended to use it as a medical marijuana (cannibis) dispensary. The owner contacted his insurance agent to explain his intention to rent the place and who would be leasing it. He then contacted the Cowichan Valley Regional District and was told, “No way”, the zoning does not allow a medical marijuana dispensary. He was prepared to work to get the zoning changed but before he could do that he received a panicky phone call from the insurance office. The agent explained that they had checked a few insurance companies and no one would insure a building that would house such a tenant. Never mind marijuana for “recreational” use, they wouldn’t even touch a place dealing with customers who have legal permits to use cannibis to relieve or cure medical problems.

    Canadians have been ready to take Cannibis out of our criminal code for decades, but may Americans and most U.S. governments still choke on the idea of legalize marijuana use and will likely pressure Justin to back off.

    But things have changed, two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized the much misunderstood botanical product which has been consumed one way or another by humans for thousands of years. Of course in typical American fashion cannibis may be legal in two states but it is still illegal in the U.S. as a whole. So U.S. federal police can arrest you for possessing a small amount of marijuana which the Washington and Colorado police see as perfectly legal.

    Let’s hope Canada at the very least decriminalizes the herb, who’s major sin apparently is that it makes you laugh too much, so that young people caught with a bit in their pocket will not have to live the rest of their lives with a criminal record.

    If anyone wants to know why Canada is taking action to legalize cannibis our Prime Minister can use an excellent response he has voiced before, “Because it’s 2016.”

  • Drew Chisolm

    Legalizing pot will be similar to alcohol legalization. It is not a big deal except fot the government that will make a lot of money on taxes. And they will save a lot on police costs. Let it be.

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