April 28, 2015

Bill Blair's pro-pot legalization stance not shared by police chiefs' association

Rebel Staff

He's now in favour of legalizing marijuana, but top cop turned would-be Liberal candidate Bill Blair might have to explain how that lines up with his leadership of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).

Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun contacted the CACP and was told, "Our position [opposing legalization] has not changed."

As Warmington told The Rebel's Brian Lilley yesterday, Blair's pro-legalization stance does, however line up well with that of his new "boss," Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Blair, who is now hoping to win the Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest, has said in the past:

"I have seen merely criminalizing marijuana hasn’t been successful in keeping it out of the hands of kids, it hasn’t kept organized crime out of the business. I think we can do better, through legalization and regulation, coupled with a strong public health response.”

The CACP adopted an anti-legalization resolution at their 2013 conference in Winnipeg, with Blair in attendance.

Blair's personal views were not yet public, but he must have held them at the same time he was overseeing "a major drug bust that would nab 36 people, many of whom were charged with the possession of illegal drugs including marijuana."

That's because, as Warmington points out, just "seven days later, Blair tells the country he actually favours the legalization of the very drug his officers knocked down doors to take off the street."


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commented 2015-04-30 10:09:37 -0400
Thought the dude was sincere but as soon as taxing and government control comes into picture he now means government dealers on street corners, go figger!
commented 2015-04-29 14:32:27 -0400
Blair’s behaviour defines corruption. The reason criminalizing pot hasn’t worked is because police executive is corrupt, its leaders and directors turn a blind eye to organized crime so they can get more and better promotions and money. It’s a filthy dirty crime.
commented 2015-04-28 23:59:28 -0400
The old argument that if you legalize dope it would provide a new revenue stream for government that now goes to the underworld is totally flawed. When government gets in they will increase the price and lower the quality which will give the dealers a window to target and take away customers from government sources.

As well, with the majority of regular dope users being minors and minors being restricted from purchasing legal dope they will be forced to buy from their neighborhood dealer as they do now.
commented 2015-04-28 16:22:35 -0400
The libertarian part of my brain says that people should be free to inhale the fumes from any burning leaf they choose, and though I’m not a big fan of Bill Blair particularly, I could understand his position if, as Chief of Police, his duty was to enforce the law while at the same time possibly hold a personal, though contrary, opinion on this subject.

However, is this really his very own personal opinion? Keep in mind that past behaviour is indicative of present and future behaviour, and that Trudeau, in true fascist style, is no stranger in attempting to control the attitudes and behaviour of others on issues that may well conflict with their own moral choice and personal conscience.

So, which one is it Bill? Do you speak for yourself, or do you speak for the little fascist?
commented 2015-04-28 13:20:43 -0400
I have to say that I come out in favor of legalization of marijuana. I just would prefer if the guy selling it could not say “pssst…would you like to try heroin” to a 12 year old. Current marijuana vendors have zero scruples and marijuana provides them with an excellent venue to push their more dangerous wears.
commented 2015-04-28 10:57:45 -0400
Vlad, marijuana is being used to the tune of a billion dollars a year in this country already. Why are we not unproductive like Europe as you say? I would guess your argument would hold true for alcohol and gambling? The problem is who is controlling the substance, our elected politicians (ie. the people) or cartels.
commented 2015-04-28 10:38:34 -0400
Blair just trying to win favour with creepy Justin. Looking for a cushy job as an MP.
commented 2015-04-28 09:30:00 -0400
commented 2015-04-28 09:12:58 -0400
When the drug trade is being pushed by a government, the endpoint is for that government to dominate all aspects of society. The British attempted this in China in the 1800s. http://www.victorianweb.org/history/empire/opiumwars/opiumwars1.html

When society is baked, society is no longer productive, but more importantly, society is no longer a threat to dictators and the rot of these dictators (like the UofT professor, a now convicted pedophile and an alliance of premier Wynne) can perpetuate unchallenged.

Drugs cost more to society that they generate in taxes. Europe has huge productivity issues, debt issues and an entitlement system that is crumbling, but “chronic” is free. And this is what socialists do – yes, they are human like you and I, but they have programmed themselves for pure evil.

Bill Blair is just another foot soldier in the run for expanded socialism in Canada. Pig Blair is just another drug pusher from the left.