Legalizing marijuana in Canada

Mr. B. was crowing the other day about how Canada is the first country to legalize marijuana. Hasn’t actually done so yet but is expected to soon. It fit with his belief that legal barriers will continue to fall and users and sellers will no longer be punished. Not by the law, at least.

I agree, and long have, that these mind-altering substances should be legal across the board. Government has no business telling us what to do with them and, certainly, their attempts to police it for the past few decades has been a failure. All that has done is create a vast network of prisons and young prisoners whose lives have, essentially, been ruined by the state. Plus raise the street price.

However, I know from long experience that children, whose brains are still developing, have no business with it, and shouldn’t be encouraged in any way to use marijuana. Even for adults it has two major drawbacks: 1) the more you do it the harder it is to stop and 2) it is one of the world’s greatest de-motivators. It will gradually quash whatever ambition you may have.

As for Mr. B., any thought that he has for doing pot is being tempered by the realization that his father and the parents of his friends are organizing to try and turn around what schoolkids hereabouts regard as “no big deal.” It’s a very bad deal for them and we want educators to place an onus on it similar to texting-and-driving and drinking-and-driving. But I’d still like to see the government and the police butt out.

7 responses to “Legalizing marijuana in Canada

  1. Yep, prohibition didn’t work for alcohol and it’s not working now for drugs. Plus, there is all the money going into the wrong hands (including politicians) and the corrupting effect on government.
    Another thing is the increasing number of “bipolar schizophrenic” early twenty’s folks (mostly women in my limited sample) who are on disability because of “medically induced psychosis”. Meaning, of course, they have been doing a lot of dope since their early teens. They get their really generous social security check (considerably more than that which people who have paid into the system for years get) each month and turn it over to their dealers. So the Feds, as usual, are supporting the drug trade, and “fighting” against it. Got to show your ID to purchase a sharpie pen, among other things; not to mention the chronically abused asset forfeiture system and big brother watching what you withdraw cash for.
    Pity the Feds aren’t willing to have the same kind of ostracization campaign for meth, mj and bath salts they have for perfectly legal tobacco.

  2. Funny how that works, isn’t it. Well, “funny”…

  3. “It’s a very bad deal for them and we want educators to place an onus on it similar to texting-and-driving and drinking-and-driving.”
    Good luck on that!
    I agree with Les.

  4. Can’t stop the feds on our own but we should be able to influence our local schools. Worth a try, anyway.

  5. Alas, once Sennacherib had world class vices, now he is reduced to pecan pie and Blue Bell ice cream.

  6. I’m on lo-carb ice cream and Quest bars. Could be worse.