Canada needs cohesive system for legal marijuana

by | Mar 4, 2016 | Campus News, Canadian News, City News, Editorial

Canada’s top court has struck down a ban on medical marijuana patients growing their own plants.

It only applies to medical marijuana users who have the proper licences and the ruling is suspended for six months in order for the government to come up with a new system to regulate the system.

Who cares? The Liberals are going to legalize it recreationally anyway.

Despite this massive change in the tides, our country’s parliamentary secretary to the justice minister Bill Blair, said that there is no timeline for the legalization of marijuana and that there will be no suspension of marijuana-related arrests despite the Liberals’ promise to legalize the drug.

Blair is adamant that the legalization of marijuana is to keep it out of the hands of children and take money away from the black market. One can’t help but infer that Blair is not pleased with the Liberal promise. This statement was made on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling.

It is clear that one hand can’t see what the other is doing.

The government doesn’t seem to know how it’s going to legalize pot, as evidenced by Kathleen Wynne’s announcement that the LCBO would be the best way to sell the recreational product legally.

It would make more sense and be less dangerous to sell it anywhere that sells cigarettes. A person can’t die from a weed overdose, but mixing it with alcohol can have incredibly negative effects on the body, including dizziness, nausea, vomiting and loss of memory.

That’s Canada’s weird obsession with being the sole dispensers of controlled substances for you.

Many people who need medical marijuana use it for anxiety based reasons. Depression, PTSD and personality disorders are some of the conditions that are treated with marijuana.

These people may not be willing to go out and interact with a bunch of people asking questions when all they want to do is stay at home and blaze. This ruling helps them.

Dispensaries are already popping up around the country, while Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall are considering selling medical marijuana in their pharmacies.

Programs like D.A.R.E. and the Anti-Drug commercials of the ‘90s had the exact opposite effect they were expecting. Terrorizing people with exaggerated claims about the effects of drugs just creates doubt about those claims when people see others smoking weed and maintaining their job, their grades and their personal lives.

It creates doubt in all forms of authority that advocate those views. Did your parents lie to you? Did advocacy groups lie to you? Did the government lie to you? What other authorities should be questioned?

People that were once intensely afraid of the dangers of gateway drugs are now open to the concept of legal pot and the only holdouts are “the law is the law” types that can never make any decisions without the helping hand of the government.

This has been repeated ad nauseum by various pro-pot pundits but it bears being said once again. Marijuana is less dangerous than both alcohol and cigarettes and it is sheer hypocrisy that the latter two should be legal while the other lands people in prison.

The classification of marijuana also prevents serious investment into hemp-based products such as rope, salves and even mortar bricks.

Oh, and of the three substances, marijuana is the only one that has proven effective in the treatment of diseases like glaucoma and in pain management for serious illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and cancer.

If the government plans to make marijuana accessible to all Canadians for recreational use it’s only fair that those with a medicinal need have greater access than the general population. The Supreme Court ruling only strengthens this argument.