October 29, 2015

Why Justin Trudeau's marijuana-legalization plans might go up in smoke

Sid CamusRebel Blogger

Justin is already busy laying down his plans for what Trudeau Canada will look like when he gets his way.

His first agenda item is legalizing marijuana. (But not making sure Islamic militants don’t make it into Canada with all the Syrian refugees we’re accepting...) That’s real leadership material right there!

Trouble is brewing, however, for "Barack Obama 2.0’s" attempt to legalize marijuana.

For starters, a new report in the Globe and Mail unsurprisingly showed that disaster has struck in American states where recreational pot use is legal. Both Washington state and Colorado have seen a spike in the number of fatal accidents by marijuana-using drivers.

Gee, what a big surprise: You legalize a dangerous drug that authoritative studies have shown to cause dependence and addiction in one out of every six people, and you get irresponsible people getting behind the wheel and killing other drivers. Who would’ve thunk it?!?!

Okay, so since Justin’s an extremely radical liberal, he won’t listen to the evidence, but what about other people in positions of authority actively chiding him for his disastrous plans?

Lewis Koski, Colorado’s director of the Marijuana Enforcement Division --you can bet your bottom dollar that he has his hands full 24/7 in that state -- is warning Justin that legalizing pot is going to be costlier and take much longer than he thinks.

Which brings me to the rest of us law-abiding and responsible Canadians who don’t want a recreational-marijuana society.

Sadly, it looks like we’ll just have to bite the bullet under the next four years of Justin’s pro-pot regime, as more of our fellow Canadians become potheads, get behind the wheel, and endanger us all.

Elections have consequences, and this is a potentially deadly consequence of the Trudeau government.


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commented 2015-11-02 09:44:07 -0500
Ok, I get that you are an angry conservative and would like your voice heard. However blogging a biased opinion is only an outlet for ones anger. Legalizing marijuana its it out in the open. As it stands now, weed is everywhere. If you walk out the front door and pay attention you will pass people smoking the drug at virtually every street corner. It is what it is. Kids already have such easy access and will continue to do so. It’s a fact. Bringing the problem out in the open, securing the billions of dollars from black market hands, and into our economy is not a bad thing. Nor is the fact that it will lighten the load at ER’s where people have turned for pain controlwhile they wait as specialists take their time. Remember, it is already everywhere and no amount of enforcement has changed this. What about the health benefits that the drug is currently utilized for. Pain control, as mentioned, all the way to cancer treatment. Hiding in the dark and looking the other way is no answer. Going at the problem head on is a breath of fresh air to what I have seen taking place in the past. My friend, be angry, but I suggest you look at the whole picture if you are going to blog. Maybe we can all openly discuss and address the situation if it is handled openly.
commented 2015-11-01 18:12:37 -0500
Andrew why did Amsterdam have to change its laws? Sorry but it has effects and i am not against it if people take personal responsibility for it. And also many people think alcohol is totally legal , it is not.
commented 2015-11-01 10:17:25 -0500
Marijuana is already so ubiquitous that it’s hard to see how legalization would make much difference. These studies tell us more about confirmation bias than anything marijuana-related; alcohol is still an order of magnitude worse.

By the way, isn’t it strange how the freedom and liberty types are so totally against marijuana?
commented 2015-10-31 09:51:04 -0400
Teen dies from eating marijuana cookies in Colorado – July 2015.

Two die in Colorado from recreational pot use – January 2014.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) calls pot dangerous – July 2015.

Pot related Traffic fatalities spike 32% in Denver – September 2015


LMFAO – they call it dope for a reason.
commented 2015-10-30 22:39:55 -0400
Welcome Simon. OH looky everyone, we got us a true to life Lefty Redneck!!! This should be balls of fun!! Hey Simon, did you notice the lady doctor in the piece, or the stats from LA PD??? Thanks for demonstrating, that ppl on pot, can’t comprehend that which they view with their own two eyes!! Now, what were you saying . . . . ??
commented 2015-10-30 16:59:14 -0400
Terry Black – the left are professional liars, hands down! I much prefer the truth, with the required integrity, to tell it. Which is why I can’t stand the communist ideology, they can’t tell the truth, and they totally lack integrity. I lived through those decades too, and caught on to the whirlwind of lies, that they continually spread. I wouldn’t vote for another Liberal if they held gun to my head.
commented 2015-10-30 12:32:22 -0400
The textile industry band the plant, mostly the cotton growers. I have a hemp shirt that has lasted over 15 years, it’s faded some what now but it’s still feels like new. My father in law had a pair of pants that lasted over 20 years and that’s when he was plowing fields with horses. The banning of hemp and marijuana goes a lot deeper than one realizes.
commented 2015-10-30 09:43:23 -0400
That was the single least objective piece of writing I’ve read in my entire life. You’re obviously biased and somehow mad because your favorite party didn’t win (From the quality of your arguments, I’m guessing Tories, just a hunch). Upon what authority do you declare that the states who legalized marijuana are in a disastrous situation? Your self appointed Internet biology/ethics degree? These states don’t even know what to do with all the extra income from marijuana taxation. Of course accidents will happen, are you implying nobody abuses of alcohol? “shown to cause dependence and addiction in one out of every six people”, hahahahahaha. Did you find your sources in a cereal box? Marijuana is a lot less harmful than alcohol. While we’re at it, let’s criminalize everything that could cause unfortunate accidents. A.k.a, everything.
commented 2015-10-30 06:32:37 -0400
Drew Wakariuk, your ‘first’ lie is “I am neutral on this issue”. Shaun Hauser nailed it. Your assertions about Cannabis are right out of the prohibitionist turned obstructionist book of lies. Your “Reefer Madness” rhetoric is more at home in the last century’s dis-proven scare tactics. The sky has not fallen and the wolves are not at the door in the Free States of America.
Hearst and Anslinger et al managed de facto prohibition by use of lying propaganda that allowed passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. The banning of Cannabis started by lies that pushed the fear buttons on the uninformed. The big difference today is people can easily check the ‘facts’ for themselves by googling the original documents and studies and your blatant lies propel more people to the legalization cause.
Your credibility is nil, so stop the lies and legalize.
commented 2015-10-30 01:11:34 -0400
75+ Years of Paranoid Pot Propaganda has warped minds of many. Regulation has public safety and welfare written all over it allowing adults access to cannabis tested for impurities from a safe source. NO-ONE is advocating cannabis use for minors or anyone else for that matter. VOTE GREEN at every measure and don’t feed into the lies and fortune tellers. It is evident that CANNABIS PROHIBITION is coming to an END world-wide.
commented 2015-10-29 23:50:56 -0400
I am neutral on this issue, i just wish some people would realize the difference between full legalization and decriminalization, with full legalization people can grow their own and i doubt many would buy from a heavily taxed store.
And also alcohol is not fully legal , there are many restrictions on it.
commented 2015-10-29 22:46:02 -0400
Shaun they can get it synthetic for sick people, so please spare us your phony concern and chemo weed has been around for decades now
commented 2015-10-29 22:45:11 -0400
Shaun Hauser that is bunk, dealers still sell lots in Colorado as legit weed costs twice as much and pot leaves far more tar in your lungs than cigs
commented 2015-10-29 22:44:03 -0400
Jimmy if you smoke enough you can die buddy, and it is harmful to mental health and your lungs. And as a former smoker i would not pay the high price for it if it were legalized and taxed, in Colorado it costs twice as much to buy it legit.
commented 2015-10-29 21:26:19 -0400
Sorry…not with you on this one….loose the hypocrisy…..alchohol does allo f the thigs you criticize pot for…but you are OK with that….this is what the Tories lost the election over and to those who are adamant about defending this pointless prohibition,,,,,WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE!!!
commented 2015-10-29 21:16:42 -0400
Oops! Did I say doobie? Meant cake, yeah that’s it cake!
commented 2015-10-29 21:15:46 -0400
Loved the video! That crazy old guy was the icing on the doobie!
commented 2015-10-29 18:51:48 -0400
WoW – Just come on out with it will yah? This windup isn’t about Justin. It’s straight propaganda to (sadly) attempt to sway peoples ideas on legalization.

Teen use has NOT gone up. Regulation Requires ID
Traffic fatalities have not increased by any margin that is attributed to Cannabis use. Studies show slowed reaction times, and more careful decision making. If you read otherwise, you weren’t told the whole story. Were other drugs involved? Also THC metabolites can stay in your system easily for 30 days after using it. So to say someone was high is near impossible until advanced impairment tech emerges.

Marijuana itself will not kill anyone – ANYONE. CDC statistics show the stark contrast of Alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, hell Cannabis is safer than caffeine.

Children that are suffering from seizures are finding new life with high CBD strains of Cannabis. Darvet Syndrome is one that Cannabis has given kids a second chance. It’s shown by Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN’s Weed series. Also why thousands of families are displaced because they have to move to Colorado to get this CBD oil without becoming a felon.

One of the most recent developments that should make everyone stop this prohibition madness – Cannabis is showing promise in killing certain cancer cells, and reducing tumor size/growth. This is reported by the governments own www.cancer.gov (NIH) Nation Institutes of Health.

Icing on the cake – Patent US 6630507 B1 shows the government readily admits the medicinal values of Cannabis. Our government has a patent on Cannabinoids in Cannabis! So yes, it’s time to unschedule Marijuana/Cannabis/Weed whatever you want to call it.

With all these truths that are exactly the opposite of the lies. No you can’t stop what is JUSTICE, and simply RIGHT. Who cares if some people use it to feel good? People are using it already and the sky isn’t falling. It just makes sense to tax and regulate something people will always use, and that has medicinal value. Unless you’re part of the establishment that profits from the incarcerate model. Or simply choose to be ignorant to the facts.

Sources: Because anyone can say anything as this story so eloquently shows. Back it up, or pack it up. Change is a coming.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/09/29/bundle-marijuana-sky-crushes-dog-house/73017348/ – The most dangerous dose of marijuana.
commented 2015-10-29 18:38:58 -0400
More than 2 million Canadians admit to consuming cannabis regularly. Why do I not see evidence of the harms we have been warned about our entire lives? There are not people in the hospital or at the doctors complaining of any of the maladies that we have been told will happen. If there was, people like Sid would have their picture on a poster as proof. Some 40,000 Canadians have permission from Health Canada to consume cannabis and none of them have shown any of the warned side effects either.
Lewis Koski is a former police officer, the very group who have received countless billions of dollars to enforce cannabis laws. They are now freaking out over legalization trying desperately to keep the flow of money coming. They should stop warning us and go do something else.
Cannabis is not alcohol and does not affect you the same way. Merely having THC in your system is not proof that your are impaired. If public safety is the issue then our society is owed proof and evidence that what they conclude is correct, not just what they heard or simply said before. I don’t want impaired people on the road either.
I demand that my government find out what marijuana is, not what a study said it might be.
The Conservative last gasp is always about protecting the youth, yet none of the warnings about the dangers are apparent. They too are not in the hospital or at the doctors with any problems. In fact many families are moving to Colorado so they can give marijuana to their kids. Vodka is sold without childproof lids and with pictures of birthday cake on the label. Biggest killer of young people is alcohol related. Children die every year from vitamins overdoses. Those are sold as gummies and in the shape of cartoon characters. Not so much protection for the kids there it would seem.
There’s complete confusion around marijuana because the govt. and police have mislead the public into thinking that it’s dangerous when it’s not.
commented 2015-10-29 18:33:36 -0400
Patricia I agree. And I am sure you agree no one is arguing selling drugs to kids. You would have the same rules as alcohol. Anyone caught selling to minors should be nailed with the force of the law.
commented 2015-10-29 17:53:47 -0400
Technology has to come up to speed in detecting whether you are impaired or high in order to help the police. I, personally would never consent to a blood test and I am sure there is lots of people that wouldn’t either. That being said that if the government could guarantee that there would be less children smoking it and that they would spend money from the proceeds to educate young people on the hazards of drug use, then I’m all for legalization. The only down fall is this liberal government is to stupid to do anything responsible like that. Besides Trudeau will break his pot promise to his voters, maybe bring it in as an11th hour save when shit really goes south for him.
commented 2015-10-29 14:54:07 -0400
Sorry, but that is one of the dumbest articles I have ever read, and I’m a conservative. First of all traffic fatalities have fallen in Colorado, to record lows in fact. You’re confusing more people testing “positive” with “more accidents”, two completely different things. You could smoke pot today, wreck next week, and test “positive”. Sorry, that simply doesn’t mean anything. The only issue is the rate if accidents, which has declined substantially. No, marijuana use isn’t a crime, no it will not remain illegal, and no, the sky hasn’t fallen in Colorado.
commented 2015-10-29 14:42:10 -0400
While I agree with most thing posted on the Rebel this one I have to disagree with. If making guns illegal does not keep them out of the hands of criminals or off the streets then why would it be any different with marijuana. I believe in gun rights and in the rights of adults to make decisions about what they chose to consume whether that be a joint, jumbo pop, trans fats, cigarettes or alcohol. If the conservative movement wants to draw more people from the millennial generation they need to take a more libertarian approach and just GET OUT OF PEOPLES LIVES. If people drive high and get in an accident then just like alcohol they should be charged and if convicted thrown in jail. Most people would never accept making alcohol illegal because some irresponsible individuals drink too much and drive. The same logic must apply here. These types of social issues conservatives need to just decide that so long as it does not harm other people it is a personal choice and not the government’s business. Instead of wasting tax dollars enforcing marijuana laws and incarcerating people convicted of marijuana related offences why not legalize it and actually collect tax revenue?
commented 2015-10-29 13:55:52 -0400
Wow, I guess the term journalism has a VERY different meaning in Canada. This article is not journalism. It reads like a middle school report on Marijuana with “facts” gleamed from Google with no investigation on whether the information is true or not.
It’s almost as if you can hear the author stamp their feet in a tantrum. This article is very bias, close minded, poorly wrritten, and full of misconseptions and misleading data….its laughable.
If this quasi journalist is not freelancing, they should be fired. It’s sad when journalists write their OPINIONS, or twist the truth to influence public opinion. That’s not journalism.
commented 2015-10-29 13:17:59 -0400
I told the people that were so hyped up about this – that they wouldn’t be able to keep their promise!
That was my first experiences with the Liberal Governments’ starting in the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s they seldom do it seems!

Well I’ll tell my grandchildren ….. Live and Learn! At least I hope they allow you to live?

You never know with a stasi – Socialist United Nations pro government in power!
commented 2015-10-29 12:22:38 -0400
I have to say, if alcohol prohibition was such a smashing success, why do we think it will work with drugs? In fact, things are going quite well in Colorado, and the experiment is working. If as conservatives, we believe in free choice, why would we deny people from choosing to be stupid with their bodies. We let people gamble. We let them sky dive. I know I completely depart from most Conservatives on this issue, but no one has ever explained why alcohol is legal but not pot.
commented 2015-10-29 11:32:20 -0400
No one has ever died from pot use alone. EVER.

You can’t overdose

Alcohol is far worse – check those death statistics from the dawn of time to now.

It’s a fucking natural plant.

The war on drugs is horrible failure where they just light money on fire and ruin lives.

Legalization could potentially add billions of dollars to the Canadian economy.

It’s win/win really for everyone and for freedom.