“Hey pass me the joint man… I gotta sit through another round of Justin Trudeau; his lips move, but I can’t hear what he’s sayin’. Oh dude, I’m buzzed”.
“Naw man, you’re good! Hey buddy pass me another beer will ya? You got an extra cigarette I can bum off ya?”
Sounds like a good time! But that is just it, it only sounds like a good time. Legally, you can enjoy a long unhealthy drag off a cigarette while sipping your beer. So what’s wrong with a toke from the MJ plant? Unless you plan on operating a motor vehicle, and health concerns notwithstanding, well, not much.
Marijuana affects people in different ways. In a similar manner, so does tobacco. For some people, if they smoke too much tobacco, they get light headed; others can smoke two packs a day and not feel a thing. Same thing with alcohol, it too affects the individual in unique ways. Both tobacco and alcohol have been proven to cause damage to your body, yet both are legal substances provided one consumes them in a responsible manner. So why should pot be any different?
Lyle P. Smith writes, “at one time it was a legal product, humans have been using the plant since the dawn of civilization. The reasons given to make it illegal were all hyperbole based on fudged data to justify the prison industrial complex that had it/s roots in prohibition to many good people have had their good names tarnished from being caught with small amounts of a natural product. The human brain actually has a receptor that only functions with cannaboids. What it does is up to debate, but new research is showing the plant to be very beneficial to our health, anything from treating glaucoma, cancer,epilepsy, and many others. It has been illegal for close to 60 years, and it is more available today than ever before. By making it legal it would take money away from the gangs, taxes would flow into government coffers, and the police could focus their resources on more pressing issues. I will vote Conservative regardless of this issue, as the economy, and security are more important issues. But I can guarantee the low information voters can`t see the issues through the smoke! It is time to take the smoke out of Justin`s sails. Regardless of who wins this election it will be legalized eventually. Look we are all strong Conservative supporters, yet the majority of us see that it should be legalized. If you had a poll on the average Canadian support would be in the 80% range.”
That’s a strong argument and makes sense. I would suggest we start off with decriminalization of the narcotic, but that in and of itself is the gateway to legalization.
And for the record, there is nothing wrong with legalizing the drug. It would aid to lift the burden our courts deal with for minor offences and free up police resources. The majority of Canadians are in favor of relaxing restrictions on the MJ.
So now we come to the crux of the issue. Just because we can do something, does that mean we should do something?
CTV News notes, “Six out of every 10 people polled said they would support pro-marijuana legislation, according to a survey by Angus Reid Global. However, most respondents said it’s more important to implement tougher penalties against violent crimes than it is to legalize pot.”
That poll was not the only one conducted. Indeed, when you look at the polling data, it becomes apparent that the issue of legalization or decriminalization of marijuana is important to Canadians, but it falls short of being a priority. Canadians are more concerned with the economy and the ISIL terrorist threat than they are with where their dope comes from.
One of the few planks of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s election campaign has been built around legalizing the drug. But in the typical fashion of a man trying to fill a role too big for him, he failed to recognize that there are more pressing concerns on Canadians’ minds.
With an admiration for China’s basic dictatorship and a desire to send parkas to ISIL terrorists, he plows ahead with his desire to see the legalization of marijuana.
Trudeau is failing to recognize the issues that matter most to Canadians. He’ll try and set the priority… but never forget: WE GET THE FINAL SAY.
Perhaps the Conservatives should adopt a more open policy toward the consumption of cannabis, but perhaps the Liberals and even the NDP should adopt a more open policy consistent with what is important to Canadians.
And that is Kevin’s Common Sense