March 11, 2017

Legalizing marijuana in Canada: “Not that simple”

Ezra LevantRebel Commander
 

Jerry Agar here, guest hosting for Ezra Levant while he's on assignment in Israel. On tonight's show, I explained the practical considerations that have to be accounted for before Trudeau can keep his promise to legalize marijuana. 

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commented 2017-03-13 15:26:32 -0400
Finally, there’s the political angle. I can tell by your tone Jerry et al that you are kinda accepting that pot will be legal, in Liberalspeak anyway, but you don’t like it much. You guys need to open your eyes to the opportunities this represents. Any of you reading the posts and comments by pot enthusiasts? A year and a half ago they were all Liberal cheerleaders. Today, do you have any idea who Marc Emery’s biggest enemy is? It isn’t Harper. I never believed that stoners voted for Trudeau because of his promise because stoners typically don’t vote. But I do believe they will vote against him because of this. If Conservatives started talking about less government controls and intervention (that IS what we’re supposed to be about, isn’t it?) we stand a good chance at handing Justin his ass next election by getting the stoners to care enough about this to actually vote. With a little finesse those votes can come our way instead of to the NDP, or the Greens. Or, just continue to be the bad kind of conservatives, and give a few million votes to the left. I actually call myself a conservative, and I’ve always taken the position that hating pot and pot users because the left likes them is just stupid. I say real conservatives don’t tell other people what they can and can’t do in their own homes, and fight against those who would.
commented 2017-03-13 15:15:40 -0400
Also Jerry, there’s your assertion that the Trudeau Liberals are going to force a kind of fascist system of pot distribution. My opinion is that’s wrong. You’re obviously basing that on the way alcohol was made legal after prohibition. There were a few home made stills operating, and most police forces in that time knew where they were and who had them, so they were summarily shut down after legalization and drinkers were forced to deal with government stores only. That’s not the case today, with pot. There are literally millions of users, and likely more than a hundred thousand (possibly a lot more) home growers of pot. It’s a lot more integrated into society than alcohol was in it’s day. And I think a significant portion of society overall won’t put up with it. So, a continuation of the prohibition, only now it’s going to be for taxation and government control issues instead of the moral one. And a continuation of whatever control organized crime has on it, because the bikers and FN’s who are growing and distributing it don’t care if it’s a taxation law or a moral one, they’re going to continue to supply what the demand will take. Full legalization is the only solution to that part of the problem. Tight government controls and high taxation levels do NOTHING to solve the problem. A typical liberal (Liberal) situation: it looks good on paper but solves nothing.
commented 2017-03-13 15:04:40 -0400
Then there’s the impairment issue. Jerry et al, what do you think police did before the Alert devices were invented? Impaired driving has been a law for a long, long time you know. A lot longer than breathalyzers. Police had to rely on their own judgements if a driver was impaired, and the roadside checks were a reality every weekend. Yes, there is a legal issue, but it’s the same legal issue that existed before breathalyzers and somehow convictions for drunk driving still happened and (one would believe) acted as a deterrent. There’s no reason we can’t do the same for pot, and some police forces are already training their officers on how to recognize stoned drivers without the benefit of a roadside device to do their work for them. The tools are already in place, so that isn’t a good argument against legalization. And then there’s the REALLY, REALLY OBVIOUS response to that argument for continued prohibition: people are already driving stoned. Making it legal isn’t going to change that stat a whole lot. The only thing prohibition is is a tool for law enforcement to use as a wedge when they’re fishing for other convictions, which is straight out of the Handbook For The Creation And Continuation Of A Police State.
commented 2017-03-13 14:57:20 -0400
Firstly Jerry, from what I’ve seen most of those pop ups aren’t seedy dingy places, they’re pretty well appointed and lit up. Then there’s the argument about Trudeau’s promise to legalize it, he’s announced it since his election, so why are the laws still being enforced? It’s not a policy issue at this point, it’s about an even split between sour grapes on the part of the government and a blatant cash grab in the fines, etc. You hearing me there Jerry, Ezra, and all the other prohibitionists here? IT’S NOT A POLICY ISSUE ANYMORE! Say the government said they’re going to legalize all handguns, next year. So police forces go nuts and arrest everyone they can find or know about with a handgun, before the law changes. Do you see how these actions aren’t done with the concept of public policy in mind? Like I said, sour grapes and a cash grab, nothing else. The Emory’s have been problems for years, and this is the government and the police sticking it to them while they still can, nothing more than that. I’m surprised it took this long.
commented 2017-03-11 18:35:24 -0500
Sorry will mean a black market will exist.
commented 2017-03-11 18:35:02 -0500
Sah Dennis taxing it will make mean black market will still exist.
commented 2017-03-11 13:08:21 -0500
There is no excuse for Trudeau to not have legalization in place yet. It took Washington and Colorado less than a year after the vote to legalize pot. Treat it like alcohol. 19 or 21 +, sold in store with a license, same impaired driving laws as alcohol, with modification like Washington and Colorado. If he wanted it done it would be by now.
commented 2017-03-11 12:56:15 -0500
Justinis al Bagdadi Trudeau, First Mufti of Canada (and King Rat) hereby decrees that all pot is legal and will be available at your local Mac’s Milk . Reports that Teachers Unions recently invested in Mac’s Milk stock are unsubstantiated.
commented 2017-03-11 11:24:06 -0500
The King Rat just needs money to finance his Islamification of Canada. Not only is he a Traitor, he is also going to become a Drug Dealer for the Death Cult.

Saudi Gold has a loud voice and Weasel’s listen.
commented 2017-03-11 10:53:14 -0500
This is probably the only smart idea Treudumdum has. First of all the way Pot is the same route booze took the Alcohol prohibition. If you have not noticed history repeats it self. Who cares if they tax it. Making it illegal will take the criminal element out of it. Pot will not be profitable to drug dealers. Especially if our idiot PM decides to cap the price of it for the first few years. This alone makes the legalization of pot make the smartest decision and the only smart decision that he has been PM. The court system will save millions alone just by doing this. I have a news flash for the Rebel. This is with all do respect because I am on your side with most issues. Everyone that drives high when pot is legal, is already driving high now. Pull your head out of the sand, that number is not going to be the same.