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.
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.
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!
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.
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.