The Government is rallying for a monopoly over pot sales. The oh so holy masters of our destinies will be discussing the legalization and taxation of marijuana sales, at the same time as they advocate tougher penalties for growers. Will a person who grows a few plants be charged with operating a 'grow-op'?
Delegates to the Liberal party convention next month will debate a motion to legalize and tax marijuana sales, bringing in billions in new tax revenue.The most serious blow to organized crime in this instance is to decriminalize marijuana and simply butt out. Considering that government grade weed is notoriously inferior, I doubt government attempts to secure a monopoly over marijuana sales is going to hurt the black market.
And for those that worry the government might be looking to make money from a 'dangerous' vice, have no fears, for the harbingers of justice resolve that:
"a portion of these tax revenues be used to educate youth against drug use and to provide treatment for those who are adversely affected by use of marijuana."To be discussed at the same convention:
A motion from the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia delegations on education is sure to raise the hackles of Quebec delegates - it urges the creation of national education standards in core curriculum areas.Seems Emily Murphy's legacy lives on. From chapter 10, part one, of The Black Candle:
All drugs used in Canada should be procured from the Government. What the Government does not prohibit, it must monopolize. There should be no profits on the products whatsoever.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Tuesday, February 22, 2005