August 01, 2018

Ford's free market cannabis plan gives public sector unions “reefer madness”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

(Ezra Levant is in London covering Tommy Robinson's appeal victory. David Menzies guest hosts...)

In Ontario, under the previous Kathleen Wynne Liberal government, legalized cannabis was going to be sold the same way liquor is retailed in the province. Namely, it would be made available only via a government-run retail monopoly.

But recently, newly-elected Premier Doug Ford suggested that pot might also be retailed at private sector shops, too.

Indeed, the marijuana file is snapshot that fully illustrates the difference between the Wynne Liberal way of doing things versus the Ford PC way of takin’ care of business.

Wynne is yesterday’s news, of course. But the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, well, they’re likely here forever, unfortunately. And check out their little tidbit of Reefer Madness by way of a press release they sent out yesterday:

“As the outcry grows against Doug Ford’s leaked plan to privatize the sale of cannabis, OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is calling on the rookie premier to give it some sober second thought.

“The haze is clearing on this half-baked scheme, and people are realizing that it’s going to cause a lot more problems than it solves. Who’s going to pay for all the extra policing we’ll need? Who's going to pay for all the extra inspectors? And except for profiteers and organized criminals, who else would actually benefit? Nobody.”

But, as I'll show you tonight, the numbers prove that when it comes to “social responsibility” tied into age-restricted products, the private sector does a far better job than the nanny state.

Bottom line: let’s hope Doug Ford – and provincial governments right across Canada, for that matter – allow cannabis to be sold at private stores.

And please, let’s hope they also dismantle the various provincial liquor and gambling monopolies, too.

NEXT: Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayer Federation, joins me to talk about Premier Ford's plan to reduce the size of Toronto city council, and the council's contemplation of legal action against the change.

THEN: Our very own Amanda Head comes on to talk about the Guardians of the Galaxy stars who've decided to stand by fired director James Gunn.

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commented 2018-08-04 22:15:40 -0400
“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/can-marijuana-use-during-pregnancy-harm-baby
… There is no human research connecting marijuana use to the chance of miscarriage, although animal studies indicate that the risk for miscarriage increases if marijuana is used early in pregnancy. Some associations have been found between marijuana use during pregnancy and future developmental and hyperactivity disorders in children. Evidence is mixed as to whether marijuana use by pregnant women is associated with low birth weight or premature birth,although long-term use may elevate these risks. Research has shown that pregnant women who use marijuana have a 2.3 times greater risk of stillbirth. Given the potential of marijuana to negatively impact the developing brain, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that obstetrician-gynecologists counsel women against using marijuana while trying to get pregnant, during pregnancy, and while they are breastfeeding.

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-cannabis-impairs-fetal-brain-development-012814
… The effects that THC can have on a developing fetus are highlighted in a research study published yesterday in The EMBO Journal. The study was conducted by a team from Sweden, Austria, Germany, Finland, the UK, and the U.S., and led by Professor Tibor Harkany at the Karolinka Institutet (KI) in Sweden. … Harkany gathered human fetuses that had been donated to science and tested them to see if they had been exposed to THC. The THC-exposed fetuses had lower body weights and smaller foot length. When he looked inside their brains, he found reduced levels of stathmin-2, a protein involved in learning and memory formation.

https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-01-06/secondhand-marijuana-smoke-and-your-children
… The notion that marijuana is natural and therefore safe is “misleading,” says Ammerman, who works with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ committee on substance abuse. “Cyanide comes from a plant, as an example,” he says. “There are many deadly poisons that also come from plants.”
Contact Consequences

… In a November 2014 study, laboratory rats experienced a 70 percent drop in their blood vessel function after a short period of exposure to secondhand pot smoke, according to University of California–San Francisco researchers. Impaired blood vessel function, a known effect of secondhand tobacco smoke, puts people at risk for heart disease. However, results from animal research don’t necessarily translate to humans, and much more research is needed.

… A May 2015 study with 19 participants showed how nearby nonsmokers feel the effects of pot smoke, basically getting buzzed themselves. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University showed that exposure under certain conditions, like spending an hour in an unvented room with people smoking pot, could reduce memory and coordination in nonsmokers and give them a mild sense of intoxication – and a positive drug test in some cases.

… With marijuana legal in Colorado, Wilson says, some pregnant women may be misinformed that marijuana is safe and can help them with their morning sickness. In fact, doctors advise against smoking anything, including pot, while pregnant. “Definitely, marijuana during pregnancy is to be avoided,” Ammerman says. “Studies are emerging that it could have negative developmental consequences in the newborn and the infant.”

http://allpetnews.com/the-dangerous-effects-marijuana-has-on-dogs
The active chemical ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in marijuana is extremely toxic to dogs, and can result in a variety of problems from stumbling to death.
commented 2018-08-04 21:48:44 -0400
The Leftards of today have no problem with illicit drugs, prostitution, euthanasia or full term abortions, matter of fact they want to make these mainstream and accessible to all. This is their Orwellian Utopia, but what if their mother believed in those things?

“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
commented 2018-08-04 13:32:44 -0400
“Hyacinth commented 16 hours ago
Not to worry, Trudeau and his Red Tent want to legalize all illicit drugs,then there will be more than enough drugs that squabbling won’t be part of the equation when it comes to control and taxation. "

Why shouldn’t it they be legal? Moving beyond the emotional reaction of legal drug use… if you make it legal, you remove a huge funding source for organized crime. Without stigma, addicts can seek help without fear or repercussion (even today the police will turn a blind eye to the admission of illegal activity implicit in admitting drug use, for that very reason). And… there’s a personal freedom aspect as well. Why shouldn’t activities that only impact the participant be legal?
commented 2018-08-03 22:30:31 -0400
So it is legal to a certain point only currently, no wonder his Red Tent wants to make all illicit drugs legal. Trudeau opened a can of worms that will have many repercussions in the future and all for votes.

https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/two-men-busted-for-6-5m-worth-of-cannabis-in-king-township

“…Two Quebec men have been charged in York Region for being in possession $6.5 million worth of cannabis.

The grow-op in the township of King did have three Health Canada licences to grow a total of 875 plants for medical purposes.

On July 27, York Regional Police executed a search warrant on a property at 70 Strawberry Lane after community complaints.

The York Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit and the Organized Crime Bureau found 4,000 plants in 22 greenhouses and 635 pounds of harvested cannabis. …"
commented 2018-08-03 11:36:54 -0400
I don’t think most people actually care… unless you’re getting overly bogged down in symbolism.
commented 2018-08-03 01:36:39 -0400
Andrew Stephenson why should it be sold by Unionized hacks? Alberta improved their situation by privatizing stores , not everything has to be some government controlled dictatorship. I used to buy booze at ALCB stores when i was 15 , they did not care as they had no consequences.
commented 2018-08-02 12:31:18 -0400
- The pot legalization plan always included full government control of it. It was to be their cash cow. Sold & controlled by the LCBO. Have you seen how much tax there is on booze? And lets not forget the mountain of regulation that goes with it. Would it be different with pot? We need a lot less government control of lives, not more.

- Whenever the big government leftists are in power, anything goes. When they’re not in power everything the government does suddenly becomes illegal & immoral. Take the outrage from the media party for instance. In 2014 the Toronto Star was calling for downsizing the council as one possible solution to their dysfunctional nature. What are they saying today? https://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2014/11/19/torontos_dysfunctional_city_hall_needs_reform.html

- Conservatives get blacklisted in Hollywood for just being conservative but these Hollyweirdoes are okay with James Gunn’s rape & pedophilia obsession? Hollywood has a serious pedophilia problem for a long time now. It needs to be investigated. How about we all play by the same rules & have the law applied equally across the board.
commented 2018-08-02 11:21:28 -0400
Perhaps we can go do it the full Ford style and sell it out of a strip mall parking lot in North Etobicoke?
commented 2018-08-02 08:58:52 -0400
The people know best what’s best for the people.
commented 2018-08-02 06:43:32 -0400
Although I do not approve of illegal drugs being sold to the masses I do support Doug Ford in his efforts to break the government’s monopoly on selling dope and booze.

You know what they say …………..“if you want it screwed up let the Lieberal government handle it”.

I would also suggest Doug Ford look at privatizing Canada Post. They couldn’t deliver my mail on a regular basis no matter how hard they tried. But on a positive note, the inefficiency of Canada Post drove me to go 99% electronic mail. Maybe just shut them down altogether.
commented 2018-08-02 02:42:31 -0400
The obvious parallel across Canada are liquor outlets… In British Columbia that monopoly was broken years ago with obvious benefits since private outlets tend to be open when government employees have gone home from their “banker’s hours” jobs… Contrast that with Nova Scotia where the NSLC still holds sway and tourists are left to puzzle why they can’t get some “nice white wine” after 9 p.m. to go with their lobster… Ontario is obviously the coming nexus point on the whole issue…
commented 2018-08-02 02:10:35 -0400
More proof that the unions are only in it for money.
commented 2018-08-01 23:06:03 -0400
The left wanted the voters and the votes from the cannabis craving crowd and there was no issue as long as all their union buddies dispensed the substance.
Now they cry like little babies.
Private sector for booze and marijuana. Its the way to go .
commented 2018-08-01 22:56:15 -0400
Governments need to get out of the retail racket, it opens them up to possible bribery
and of course political corruption. Collecting taxes is what they are good at, so let them make do with that. Lottery’s, booze, gambling are better in the private sector. We don’t need a Nanny State ruling us. I can just see Trudeau getting into the Federal Brothel business with Government run Whore Houses, offering juveniles at special prices, just to accommodate his new found friends.
commented 2018-08-01 22:26:49 -0400
The control of booz sales and gambling is something these guys want to keep their grubby hands on. Suggesting free market for pot sales threatens that grasp. The phrase, ‘from my (their) dead cold hands’, comes to mind.
So glad Ford is shaking things up.
commented 2018-08-01 22:20:25 -0400
Amanda, agree 100%. Disney’s brand is children’s content and Dunn sounds like a pedo who has so far controlled himself (?). Keeping him on would destroy their brand, or whats left of it.
commented 2018-08-01 22:12:57 -0400
I’m so glad I bought canabis stocks when I did. Doug allowing private sales is great news. 💰 💰
commented 2018-08-01 21:22:58 -0400
I’m glad you decided to be a journalist. Dreams do come true and prayers are answered.
commented 2018-08-01 20:54:34 -0400
Old Smokey sounds like he’s half baked!
IMO, LCBO should be dismantled entirely.

Excellent interview with Christine VanGeyn. John Tory is reported to have said, “I thought he was kidding”, he has known about for a few months now. Trimming the fat is a good move and the entitled councillors who are moaning will have to accept this province is no longer being governed by Lieberals.

So, is it possible James Gunn is a part of the open secret in Hollywood? 10 000 deleted tweets, he knows it was wrong! Perhaps he was trying to alert people to his sick private life. Imagine if a person steps forward with proof he/she was victimized and abused by Gunn, how can people say “Wow, we had no idea he is so sick and depraved”! In Gunn’s case, his running theme was about pedophilia, NAMBLA, rape and other topics which isn’t a laughing matter. Don’t forget, depraved people seek to work in fields which put them in contact with children. Before this story broke, Gunn was scheduled to attend ComiCon.
commented 2018-08-01 20:46:23 -0400
They were going ot have 38 stores for all of Ontario!! Are you frickin’ kidding me?!?! On top of that, to deter criminals, they wanted to super beef up the sentences for illegal sellers – but wait!! If there’s only 38 stores, everybody and their brother would be asking friends to pick them up some pot next visit town, turning avg citizens into dealers that could end in 10yr sentences. It’s almost like Wynn was setting ppl up!! Isn’t that just so bloody tyical of stupid Left Wing Socialists?!?!?!
commented 2018-08-01 20:34:04 -0400
Way to go Doug Ford. Finally someone in power who will take the strangle lock off government employees controlled by crooked unions . Government employees are paid handsomely they have no need for a union as governments capitulate easily on wages and benefits in return for votes .Taxpayers have been under control of these public unions who supposedly exist to better workers wages for too long. Well that is no longer needed all public union wages are through the stratosphere compared to their private sector comparisons. They exist to steal money from these inflated paychecks and use it to lobby government for more communist like dominance over their personal fiefdoms and petty interests. Anyone not privileged enough to belong gets screwed. The upper echelon do nothings but butcher the fatted calf for their own gain while protecting the worst of the worst employees to make it look like they are doing something. Trade unions maybe because they aren’t dealing with employers that work in lockstep with government that have bottomless taxpayer filled pockets. They actually are needed by the workers legitimately.(On occasion anyway). Wages and benefits would be just fine with no public sector unions and could you imagine how many tax dollars would be saved. Not to mention the rise in productiveness from being able to fire those deserving it. Teachers unions should be abolished first followed by police ,firefighters public service, on down the line. Keep those lefties crying Doug. You know for every embittered leftie there are a hundred happier taxpayers being treated fairly.