This post is not about whether the legalization of medical marijuana was a good thing to do, although I did write in 2014 in which I argued against its legalization, which I considered and still consider a huge mistake. For the sake of argument in this post, I will not challenge the assertions that some people with certain medical problems can and do find relief by taking medical marijuana, and that the relief they get is worth whatever other damage they are doing to themselves by ingesting carcinogens from the smoke of burning cigarette papers…because that is not what this post is about.
This post is about the tabling of legislation by the Liberal government on Thursday, April 13th 2017. The Trudeau government hopes that by Canada Day, Canadians will be able to grow, buy and use recreational marijuana legally. I knew that those in the business of illegally trafficking marijuana, would use the legalization of medical marijuana to push for the Government to legalize the production, sale and use of recreational marijuana. I hoped that those responsible for the health, safety and welfare of all Canadians, would display better sense. It seems however that MP’s from all political stripes and at all levels of government have admitted to having indulged in their past and cannot envision a Canada that does allow its citizens to legally smoke marijuana.
Marijuana has become falsely referred to and accepted as the cool drug; the safe drug, and the non-addicting drug. Marijuana is a drug with a very seductive reputation, caused partially, by our politicians and community leaders continued assertions that it is a non-addictive recreational drug. To say that marijuana is not addictive is a lie.
I know of people right now who:
- cannot go a day without smoking marijuana without experiencing the same type of symptoms as a heroin addict going cold turkey;
- say that smoking marijuana is no longer getting them high, but helps to make them feel normal;
- are on welfare and fixed incomes, doing without food, or not paying bills… unable to resist spending at least $100 a month, or $25 a week to buy what amounts 3 joints.
Science based evidence and years of study have proven that:
- ingesting carcinogens from the smoke of burning cigarette papers causes all sorts of serious medical problems such as cancer. Taking care of these sick people will be the provinces problem, since healthcare falls under the jurisdiction of the provinces;
- marijuana is the drug youngsters usually experiment with first. The only thing that stopped some youngsters from experimenting with marijuana in the first place was that it was illegal. As a result, they did not move on to other drugs like cocaine, or heroin. The cost of providing healthcare and all the other cost in dealing with the increase of addicts due to the legalization of marijuana will fall on the provinces;
- people high on marijuana drive high and endanger the lives of others. Their reflexes and sense of reality distorted for up to four hours after smoking just one joint;
- that very few people can admit that they are addicts. Even when they lose everything most addicts will tell you that they can quit whenever they want;
- that irresponsible people take marijuana as well as responsible people.
Despite all that Justin Trudeau knows about the harm that marijuana can do, Justin Trudeau has decided through the legalization of marijuana to:
- remove the only effective deterrent that stopped some youngsters from getting involved;
- take over the once illegal marijuana business… making it legal for them to produce and sell marijuana while keeping it illegal for others to do so; (Put itself in charge of licensing)
- put provincial governments in charge of the, pricing, producing, and policing of marijuana for recreational use.
Justin Trudeau, justifies nationalizing what use to be considered the illegal marijuana business, by insisting that he and his government want to;
- take the money from the bad guys;
- protect our underage children from gaining easy access to the drug;
- to stop clogging the courts down with cases of people who like to smoke recreationally;
- to stop young people from getting criminal records that could harm their future.
If Trudeau really believes that by taking over the marijuana business he is going to be helping to keep marijuana out of the hands of underage Canadian children, or take revenue from organized crime, then why stop at decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana? Why not take over the whole illegal drug trade? Then addicts:
- could be assured that the cocaine, heroin and other drugs that they were snorting and shooting were of decent quality and not laced with synthetic drugs like Fentanyl that are killing hundreds of addicts and first time thrill takers daily in western Canada.
- all illegal drug dealers would be put out of business;
- no one would get a record for taking drugs and chance ruining their futures because of a criminal record for personal drug possession or usage.
The truth of the matter is that legalizing marijuana has never been more than a cash grab. In a time when his government is starving for a source of new cash, legalizing the production, distribution and selling of marijuana is too big of a cash cow for Trudeau to pass up. Justin Trudeau has decided it is acceptable to gamble with your health to enable him to make money to pay for the billions of dollars he is intending to put Canada in debt.
It seems that things that were once considered bad for Canadians and made illegal for the private citizen to make a business of, have been legalized over the years to fill the government’s pockets, such as:
- bootlegging now distributed and sold in government licensed stores;
- the numbers racket now called lotteries, only sold by government licensed vendors;
- pin ball machines in clubs now called slot machines owned, operated and distributed in places willing to pay the government part of its profits; restaurants, bowling alleys and bars;
- private gambling joints, now government-owned and operated casinos
In the afore-mentioned, the only thing that changed in the past, and will change in the future, is to whom the alcoholic, problem gambler, and now drug addict had to and will have to pay for the privilege of hurting themselves, their families and everyone else around them. Instead of some heartless criminal getting rich off of their addictions, their heartless government will soon be the new gangster in charge.