July 09, 2015

"I predict Brian Topp will import his pro-drug policies to Alberta in 2016"

Rebel Staff
 

Brian Topp ran for the federal NDP leadership, except he was too radical for them -- but not for Alberta premier Rachel Notley: He's her chief of staff.

That makes him one of the most powerful people in the provincial government.

Ezra Levant wonders if Notley will start pushing Topp's marijuana decriminalization views.

Or what about his support for "harm reduction", i.e. heroin injection sites like InSite in the worst of BC's slums?

Notley has already pushed through much of Topp's anti-oilsands agenda.

Are drugs next on the list?

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commented 2015-07-11 19:18:11 -0400
Alex, so was I here in the 80s . . . and the 70s. Pierre Idiot Trudeau caused a lot of problems for Alberta, a LOT.

I am still under the belief that most of the NDP votes came from those who migrated to Alberta from other provinces, bringing their politics with them, and the young (around 18 – 30). But then there is no proof of that, just speculation.
commented 2015-07-11 19:07:20 -0400
Suicide for Alberta indeed Nicole. How did Alberta who was the envy of all other provinces elect Notley. Alberta is living proof that Conservative ideology works best. how did we elect an NDP government. Are we yearning for high taxes and high debts? I was here in the 80’s. It is not pleasant.
commented 2015-07-10 21:28:01 -0400
Nicole, not only is Brian Topp from outside of Alberta and flies each week to Edmonton on our dime, but much of the Chiefs of staff that he hired are also from outside of Alberta and commute each week on our dime, some from Vancouver, some from Toronto and some from Quebec. It seems none actually want to move here, but they certainly do not mind collecting the 200K plus salaries with the large expense account while they destroy Alberta’s economy with their anti-oilsands ideas.

Ahhh, yup! We have the proper government, alright!!!!!!
commented 2015-07-10 17:05:11 -0400
This Brian Topp is bad news, how can be chief of staff in Aberta when he resides in Ontario. In so may ways, it was suicidal for Alberta to have elected the NDP
commented 2015-07-10 16:27:49 -0400
Already Albertans are beginning to see their mistake – the ndp will not be re-elected at this rate – so they must do their damage as quickly as possible
commented 2015-07-10 13:08:15 -0400
I also contend that most if not all politicians that want to legalize pot, smoke it themselves and to get the ‘BUZZ". I was a paramedic for quite a few years and witnessed what booze and pot amongst other drugs do to people. Working as a paramedic, it never seized to amaze what people put into their bodies just to get a ’BUZZ’.
And, no matter how many people, both medical and scientific tell people how bad a substance is, there are always those who snub their nose at them because getting a ‘BUZZ’ is more important.
We sure live in a stupid world and it is getting worse.
Sad.
commented 2015-07-10 12:59:28 -0400
A Token Conservative, You said " What’s wrong with the fact that people who imbibe in pot get a buzz,’ ’What’s wrong with that?’ Well I wonder if you also agree with drinking and driving? Do you see drunk drivers doing nothing wrong?
Before you go off on me, let me tell you that I was a manager for a retail store for 14 years. In those 14 years I saw the problem of people who had a ‘buzz’ (and it was from pot because they stunk from the high heavens, they smelled just like skunks) get worse and worse. In fact some of these people with a ‘buzz’ were intoxicated enough to stagger around the store and in a lot of cases were hard pressed to complete their transactions at the till. You might say, so what? Well consider the fact that all of them, yes all of them drove to the store and then promptly got in their cars and drove away.
Here is another scenario that I witnessed often, the store that I managed was right next to a liquor store (a private one), and these morons would go into the liquor store and come out with anything from a case of beer to hard liquor. I have also witnessed these idiots open beer and drink it right in the parking lot, adding to the ‘buzz’ they already had, and then drive.
Unfortunately my neighbourhood is becoming polluted with Pot heads as well. This has become a problem in the last 3 to 5 years and only getting worse as new Pot heads move into the neighbourhood. It gets so bad sometimes that we have to close all our windows and doors to keep the stink out. All of these people also drive.
So, I am one of those people who will NEVER agree with people like you that say ‘SO WHAT’ and want to legalize this nasty drug.
I must add that I am 68 years old and I have never smoked POT, although I did smoke regular cigarettes when I was younger, but quit many, many years ago.
I have also read articles written on the harmful effects of pot and agree with a couple of commenters on here that POT is NOT harmless. I have also read and been told that the POT of the 1960’s was totally different from the shit these idiots smoke today. The POT of today is for the most part either a synthetic version and or is laced with chemicals, making it extremely harmful to all. I am also told that the medical POT is more natural, hence the benefit to people who use it for just that – medical purposes. NOW, I am not an expert on this and could be wrong on some points. However the fact is POT is not harmless, and should never be legalized.
By the way, some of those people whom I saw and witnessed with a ‘buzz’ either had small children with them or in a couple of cases had young teenagers that also had a ‘BUZZ’.
commented 2015-07-10 10:20:05 -0400
This has been an issue which I’ve discussed with many people. There’s no real simple solution. Pot has shown to has many curative properties and many debilitating properties, just like many pharmaceutical drugs, even though marijuana is a natural drug. but did you know there are countless varieties of marijuana out there? Some are natural, some are hybrid. Not all have the same effect. So some do need it for the curative, and some just want it for the recreational purposes. As I said, no simple solution, but keeping it criminalized is no ultimate solution either and here’s why…

I live in a city where the police don’t enforce the federal law of marijuana, except the odd time where political pressure comes down on them to do so. They make a few busts, and after the pressure is gone, it’s business as usual. Most days, I can’t walk down a side street without being assailed by the smell of marijuana. Laws are only as effective as the police that enforce them.

I’m not for legalizing it either, as that would lead to organized crime being forced to push the harder drugs just to make up for the losses incurred by the competition of legal marijuana. So is there any reasonable way out of this predicament?
commented 2015-07-10 05:46:47 -0400
This is the most important area of concern? I hear crickets.
commented 2015-07-10 02:27:43 -0400
Liza Rosie and Tom Forsythe, good comments :)
commented 2015-07-10 00:22:23 -0400
So it’s Prince Night stepping up for Ezra! Okay, it is what it is… I don’t know about your “thin edge” argument, even if it’s true that still doesn’t justify the absurd cost to the system that prohibition means. Total, complete legalization of everything is pretty much what Portugal’s had for about a dozen years now – the stats show decreased hard and addictive drug use in every age category, they’re calling it a success. But, let’s not get hasty, here, we’re just talking pot in Canada. I can’t see the country going that far down that particular road for a good long while. You also mention something called the “drug lobby”, you should probably know that there simply isn’t such a thing, not yet anyway. Other than the Liberal party, that is. Your next argument seems to be against the concept of getting high. Why is that? What is your problem with the fact that people who imbibe in pot get a buzz? What’s wrong with that? You don’t see how two faced the comment you made comparing someone high to someone drunk is? (In case you still don’t get that, booze is legal – that’s the dichotomy and it’s what makes your comment two faced) Listen, Prince, you obviously identify as a conservative, why not look at this issue as a conservative? Fiscally, do a value for expenditures audit. Is the war on drugs doing any good, at all? We, in Canada, spend billions of tax dollars on this law and it’s effects, and for what? Is the argument that the only real victims of the war on pot are the users in jail a valid one? Can you justify having tobacco and alcohol as legal while pot is illegal? Are you really against pot for any good reason by itself or are you against it because Harper says so/the NDP and Liberals are for it? These are just a few questions I asked myself, as a conservative. The answers make my choice pretty obvious. Maybe you should try that, also.
commented 2015-07-10 00:05:03 -0400
Throw the bums out !!!!!GO HARD HAT REBELLION 2015-2016
commented 2015-07-09 22:32:59 -0400
This is the one issue where I disagree with both liberals and conservatives. Marijuana is not harmless, and smoking it for recreation is stupid. But prohibition hasn’t worked, and is costing us billions every year. I don’t want to create a massive new regulatory system either. Just take it out of the criminal code, and tax it.

But “harm-reduction” is also stupid; it is not the government’s business to help people ruin their lives… wait a second… that would explain most NDP policies.
commented 2015-07-09 22:24:33 -0400
William asked, “Who is paying for his travel costs.”

Us Albertan peasants, of course.
commented 2015-07-09 21:53:01 -0400
By introducing extreme policies, Alberta is set up for a down hill economic and social slide. Going backward just like Notleys on backward cowboy hat.
commented 2015-07-09 21:52:56 -0400
Send that guy packing. He is not an Albertan. Who is paying for his travel costs.
commented 2015-07-09 21:16:06 -0400
Peter Netterville…they eat it with gusto….and they really have nothing negative to say about it…..goes to show people should listen to small voices in quiet moments… and that those who assert and shout down…do not necessarily have the most truthful things to say…..:-)
commented 2015-07-09 21:01:17 -0400
Great, thanks Peter. Stoned grasshoppers. Just the picture I wanted in my head… (to be read with sarcastic tone)
commented 2015-07-09 20:49:49 -0400
Glenn Craig said, “Damned crickets…what have they got against pot?………….:-)”

One bud would keep them stone for a lifetime.
commented 2015-07-09 20:39:45 -0400
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I believe in the medicinal properties, I am not for smoking it, although I think some people are fine smoking it.
I do not have any numbers, it is fairly recent research, but for a segment of the population, youth particularly, it not only retards parts of your brain from developing normally and interferes with emotional growth, but can cause psychotic episodes in certain people. I have experienced that with a family member, who was quite chronic and now does not smoke at all.
Justin Trudeau’s mother Margaret has admitted to those psychotic episodes linked to her smoking cannabis, and if Justin has the same gene he could also, if he smokes.
I detest Vancouver’s shoot up houses, free methadone and now even Heroine? I think it is wrong headed. I wouldn’t put anything at all past Topp , he thinks Europe has it right. I also don’t think Ezra is over stating anything when it comes to Notely or her band of Socialist Ontario bandits. What better way to dumb down the pop and stay in power.
commented 2015-07-09 20:24:45 -0400
When oil hits $25, Alberta is going to be an ugly place to be.

Adding legalized drugs will only make it worse. Great idea enn-dee-pee.

NO MOAR TRANZFUR PAYZ to the other provinces. Yes, the SOESHULISTS sure know how to fk a country up – how’s greece going these days?
commented 2015-07-09 19:59:52 -0400
They said, when abortion was legalized, that this “procedure” would only be used in limited, extremely rare cases. Is it? “Conservatives” (people of a conservative bend of mind) were derided for being afraid of “the thin edge of the wedge” leading to abuses. Wouldn’t those same “conservatives” be proven correct, nowadays? Now, not only do we have abortion as, effectively, a means of birth control, we also have assisted suicide, and the beginnings of euthanasia. The “sanctity of life” is gone.

Now we have the drug lobby (and I do not mean “Big Pharma”!) trying to make marijuana legal. I sense another “thin edge of the wedge” issue. Should we legalize all pot? If we do, then, just like abortion, we’re going to have lobbyists to legalize Ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, and, hell, let’s go all hog and make all street drugs legal! (Sure seems that someone has an axe to grind against society — are they trying to raise up a generation of stoners? Nothing would get produced…)
No, do not blanket legalize pot/grass/weed/MJ/whatever-else-they’re-nicknaming-it-now.

Are there medicinal benefits to marijuana? Indubitably. BUT, it’s not the street drug marijuana; it’s a different breed. So, we can legalize this stuff, have it dispensed by a pharmacy with a doctor’s prescription, and that should do the trick, right? Legalize it, regulate it, tax it, right? But just the medicinal stuff, and if you’re not a licensed, regulated grower, you’re up some brown smelly creek with the cops.

I don’t care what argument the lobbyists use that grass is not an incapacitating drug. I’ve seen people stoned on grass — they’re just as impaired as someone drunk.

As far as Ezra’s rant against Topp, maybe he’ll try to get it legalized, and maybe he won’t. But we all know Ezra’s just a tad zealous and perhaps a mite over-the-top, possibly…
commented 2015-07-09 19:55:06 -0400
Damned crickets…what have they got against pot?………….:-)
commented 2015-07-09 19:53:28 -0400
Would anybody who feels zealous about supporting the marijuana prohibition please speak up and make yourselves known….(sound of crickets chirping)
commented 2015-07-09 19:38:08 -0400
So, finally, I get to hear Ezra’s position on pot. Sort of. You make the concept of decrim sound so evil, Ezra! Can’t fault you on the insite issue and others involving the hard drugs, and I’m in agreement with your assessment of Topp overall, but it looks like us pro-pot conservative/libertarian types can’t count on you as a supporter. That’s a shame. I’m beginning to miss Anthony Furey. The first issue I’ve found yet that I’m not in total agreement with Ezra. Hey, you close with a plea for comments. So, this is my comment. Would you care to respond, Ezra? Let us all know why you support the current prohibition system, despite it’s flaws both inherent and applied? I’m predicting he won’t, he’ll likely let someone else look like an evangelist and claim “support”.
commented 2015-07-09 19:32:18 -0400
Terry, the RCMP in Alberta are under the direct authority of the Alberta government.
commented 2015-07-09 19:30:12 -0400
And Terry is off and running with insults! Woot! Woot! Go Terry go! Let’em have it! Rip’em a new one, Terry! He deserves it. Right Terry?
commented 2015-07-09 19:28:20 -0400
Wow, and here I was all prepared to agree with Terry on something. So close. Since you don’t seem to get it, as usual, I’ll attempt to explain it to you. It doesn’t really matter whether there is a provincial police force or not, if the premier of any province makes it clear that marijuana prosecutions aren’t welcome, they aren’t welcome and the RCMP will accommodate. No provincial police in BC either, pot’s pretty much ignored there from what I hear. They are apparently working on grow ops in some parts of the interior, but possession is de facto legal in Vancouver now. It’s actually a lot more likely to be a municipal police force that enforces or doesn’t enforce pot laws. Brad Wall hasn’t said much about relaxing pot laws in Saskatchewan, and the police force in Saskatoon has been very public in it’s continued enforcement of the federal laws. Vancouver police, not so much. So, as far as Ezra’s argument goes it does have some validity. Sorry, Terry, I know you hate to hear it…
commented 2015-07-09 19:01:20 -0400
Wow. Well, since prohibited drugs are a FEDERAL concern, under the Criminal Code of Canada, and since Alberta doesn’t have a provincial police force, I’d say the province is probably safe, Ezra.
But if you want to be safe, better set up yet another anti NDP fundraising website to assist Rebel.media in protecting the good people against this latest threat.