January 18, 2017

Will Justin Trudeau screw up pot legalization “bigly”?

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

Its 2017 and marijuana legalization is on the table but if you live in Vancouver or Toronto, you may think that we’re already there with the number of marijuana dispensaries popping up all over the place. 

However outside of Vancouver, many of these dispensaries are still facing raids by police, and just a few weeks ago Justin Trudeau urged police to enforce the current law on marijuana in our country.

Those comments didn’t sit well with many young people, marijuana activists, and those who supported Trudeau in the last election during which he struck a significantly different tone about marijuana.

While we won't be hearing much more about marijuana from the federal government until April, many feel that Trudeau and the Liberals are going to screw up legalization, bigly. Legalization differs greatly from decriminalization and both have their advantages and drawbacks.

As a conservative and someone who holds a libertarian position on marijuana use, I want to ensure that the business, entrepreneurship, and investment opportunities from a burgeoning new industry like recreational marijuana, is beneficial.

What I fear is a very controlled, regulated, and top down approach from Health Canada that forces people to buy their marijuana from government liquor stores or select big corporate interests.

To add another element, consider that of the Conservative leadership candidates, only Maxime Bernier has supported legalization or decriminalization in principle though he wants to see more from the Liberal plan before commenting further and that position alone was enough to gain Bernier the endorsement from notable Marijuana activist, Marc Emery.

Watch as I discuss the issue with Marc’s wife and marijuana activist, Jodie Emery.

I still think there are legitimate questions to be asked and answers needed on who is supplying the current dispensaries in our cities and what is being done with that money. Is it supporting further drug trade, or are these just well connected entrepreneurs who know people who can grow the product?

Right now, under the psuedo-regulated system Gregor Robertson has set up in Vancouver, we don’t get to find that out, but the city is charging a $30,000 fee for each of these shops.

So is Mayor Gregor’s system profiting from the avails of organized crime or simply endorsing retail marijuana entrepreneurship?

And will Justin Trudeau’s heavily regulated system of legalization with a heavily taxed product force recreational users back to their dealers on the streets if they don’t like the quality and cost of the product?

If that's the case then we just end up back at square one.

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commented 2017-01-18 21:22:34 -0500
Decrim the damn weed and stop F’ing around – the government doesn’t belong in the pot biz any more than they belong in the broadcast business or the gaming business.

Just decrim pot and let those who want it grow what they need.
commented 2017-01-18 18:42:15 -0500
Final point, and this is for all those who voted for and supported the Liberals and Trudeau because he’s going to legalize pot. The day is coming, and hopefully soon, where I’ll be crowing that I told you so. I’ve been saying for years that pot legalization won’t be done right until it’s done by a conservative. I’ve been predicting since election night that Trudeau was going to screw it up, that the same people who are at risk of being charged with criminal offenses for the moral crimes involving pot today will still be at risk of being charged with criminal offenses for the white collar crimes connected to pot after Trudeau gets done “legalizing” it. And I predicted that after the LPC is done their cycle of winning elections it will be the Conservatives (by whatever name) who will be campaigning for a more open form of legalization and less regulation for the unregulated industry, AKA today’s closet growers and tomorrows’ conservative supporters. I told you, Jodie, never trust a Liberal!
commented 2017-01-18 18:33:33 -0500
Rebelation: Big hole in your logic. What I heard you say there was “too bad”, as in, “logic and science be damned, won’t somebody think of the CHILDREN!!” You think total legalization would lead to more kids being exposed, because everyone will be growing it and smoking it everywhere. And further you think if everyone’s growing it in their back yard there won’t be any taxation revenues. Here’s my response; please think hard on this: define how that reality is different, in any way, from today? If you actually think about that question, and come up with the only answer that makes any sense, you’ll likely then come to the conclusion that continued prohibition and all that entails just isn’t worth it. Once you take off the (CRIMINAL) filter off then the whole marijuana issue takes a different focus, and the logical conclusion is to approach it with a libertarian POV. I don’t have little kids in my house, so why should you, the police, the government, or anyone else have any say in what I’m growing in my own garden? Smoking or eating in my own front porch? You shouldn’t, plain and simple.
commented 2017-01-18 18:23:57 -0500
William: I don’t know for sure about all those dispensaries, but the impression I’ve always had is that they’re paying all the taxes they can. They realize they’re skirting right on the edge of what most municipalities will let them get away with, as far as morality laws are concerned, so typically they don’t want anyone looking closer at their business than necessary. I know all the places run by Jodie and Marc are strict about everything being as above board and legal as possible. Except for the dispensing of an illegal substance, that is, of course. If I were a cop serious about hitting organized crime, I’d look for dispensaries that don’t pay the fees and taxes, etc. Like they said in the video, most of these businesses are just mom + pop stores.
commented 2017-01-18 15:49:47 -0500
Pot Inc. is an excellent book that I recommend. I for one don’t wish to see ppl growing their own, as there’s no way to have any control at all, so it becomes a free-for-all, and no taxes collected. Oh I understand it’s what the pot heads want, but too bad! How are you going to keep it out of the hands of kids is everybody and their (older) brother are growing it? How are you going to make any tax money at all if everyone is simply growing it on the balcony or back yard?
commented 2017-01-18 14:34:12 -0500
Richard; did we ever get that clarification from the Donald?
commented 2017-01-18 13:58:55 -0500
Weed is illegal right now. How many of these dispensaries or their suppliers are paying any form of tax? My guess would be none. If you want to be legal you should be forced to comply with all of the same regulations as every other business. Gregor Robertson should be charged as an accessory after the fact in these tax evasion schemes.
commented 2017-01-18 13:46:42 -0500
For the record it’s Big League not Bigly.
commented 2017-01-18 13:22:47 -0500
So let me get this straight…..the first thing that Justin is going to do for the marijuana users who voted for him on that platform is come down on the black market much harder than Stephen Harper would have ever dared to consider….oh yeah……don’t say I didn’t tell you so.