Monday, August 10, 2009

Dopes in high places

I have never voted for the Liperals and certainly did not want them to win the last election, but I was even more hopeful the Cons would not get a majority. Needless to say, I was pleased with the results of the election. That is up until I discovered the newest leader of the Liperals, What's His Name from that Ivy League school, backed Bill C-15, supporting the Cons. I've been left hoping that someone for some reason - any reason - would call an election to kill this bill before it grows. But no.

Ignatieff, just what the hell are you smoking? And, for that matter, where are all the poseur libertarians (who for reasons unknown think they can safely vote for the Cons) - or, at the very least, dope smoking journalists - condemning this piece of nanny state toilet paper? Is it because it's summer and everyone is too busy swilling beer at the cottage to think about dopes in high places?

The Cons pretend to be about less government and lower taxes but, after funding Government Motors under the presumption that a wasteful corporation can some how be improved by the National Bureaucracy, they now want lock up amateur botanists in costly government hostels where gangs thrive (and where new tenants may very well associate with one).

But, as Neil Boyd points out, it won't be the feds themselves who pay for this it will be the provinces (either way, it's you and me). While the Feds and provinces figure out who gets the bill, they'll still jail your hippie aunt for a plant and take the credit for being tough on gangs. But this just seems unwise:

Let's acknowledge that there are features of some large-scale marijuana grow operations that deserve a strong rebuke: The theft of electricity, the exposure of children to toxic moulds, and the presence of guns or other weapons at the site of a grow. Penalize these activities, not the growing of cannabis itself -- this activity can be engaged in safely, without risk to children, or the surrounding community.

At the end of the day, however, using the criminal law against cannabis is wholly counter-productive. It's criminalization that causes theft of electricity, violence in the cannabis trade, exposure to toxic moulds, and provides folks who are sometimes mindless thugs with millions of dollars in untaxed income.
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