Montreal Simon: The Liberals and the Legalization of Marijuana

Wednesday was National Weed Day or 4/20 day, when all over Canada and the world people gather to celebrate cannabis culture and smoke up. So one has to commend the Liberal government for the timing of this announcement.  Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada's health minister told the UN at ...

Politics and its Discontents: Chill, Baby, Chill

After spending a rather stressful past day-and-a-half on personal matters, I found the advice of Clive Weighill, President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Saskatoon’s police chief, rather appealing: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Taking The time To Get It Right

Rather than plunging headlong into the legalization of marijuana, it sounds like the Trudeau government is taking the time to ensure that the legislation achieves its stated goals: keeping it out of the hands of young people, diminishing the black market, and not using it as an opportunity to make windfall profits: Trudeau promises to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Revisiting The Old Days

I am old enough to remember the days here in Ontario when getting alcohol of any kind from the Liquor Control Board (fondly known here as the LCBO) was a ritual conducted without joy. Far in the future lay today’s attractive displays of myriad products from around the world, inviting consumers to try new products ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Progressive Legislation

While I am sure that the legalization of marijuana will not be a legislative priority of the incoming government, I have little doubt that Justin Trudeau will honour his pledge to enact it. It is something I have given a fair bit of thought to, and although initially I was quite ambivalent about the prospect, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system. The post Federal election 2015: Real debate about legalizing marijuana needed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Carnac The Magnificent Stephen Harper Is Not

Readers of a certain age will remember with fondness the Tonight Show, starring Johnny Carson. A staple in my youth and throughout my adult life, Carson was a peerless entertainer who would often go to considerable lengths for laughs; like all comedic endeavours, some worked better than others. One of Carson’s enduring creations was Carnac ...

The Disaffected Lib: Here’s One Way to Fund Badly Needed Infrastructure Projects

It’s the Colorado way – weed.  Since legalizing the production, sale and recreational use of marijuana the state has been raking in a tidy sum in new excise taxes. Colorado’s marijuana users are helping to buy new roofs, boilers and security upgrades for public schools across the state as the first round of special pot ...

Politics and its Discontents: Pros and Cons

Following up on Rona Ambrose’s stout denial that the government’s planned anti-marijuana campaign has anything to do with trying to undermine Justin Trudeau, along with Canadian doctors refusing to be part of a campaign that has become, as they describe it, political messaging, here are the perspectives of two National Post readers: Re: Health Canada ...

Politics and its Discontents: Denial And Outrage

During my teaching career, it was occasionally my unpleasant task to confront a student with evidence of his or her cheating; most situations revolved around plagiarizing essays or having skipped a test. The student’s responses when confronted were invariably the same; indeed, they tended to parallel Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief. I won’t bore ...

Politics and its Discontents: But Then Again …

S.E Cupp does not agree with the New York Times recommendation that the federal ban on marijuana be ended: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: End Prohibition – The New York Times

The editorial board of America’s “newspaper of record” has called for Washington to repeal federal laws prohibiting marijuana. The New York Times says it’s time to end America’s second prohibition: It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding ...

A BCer in Toronto: New lobby group Legalize Canada wants to elect pro-marijuana MPs in 2015

Following the lead of successful campaigns in several U.S. states, a new Canadian lobby group has a $7 million budget and a two-year plan to elect Members of Parliament hat support the legalization of marijuana in Canada. Voters in Colorado and Washington State passed ballot initiatives that led to those states legalizing and regulating the ...

A BCer in Toronto: Peter MacKay’s highs and lows on marijuana

The other day, federal justice minister Peter MacKay told reporters he’s “completely fine” with medical marijuana: “Having it regulated, having it made legally available to Nova Scotians — I’m completely fine with that as long as it’s in compliance with Health Canada and they have met the approvals. I don’t think there’s any denying that ...

Alberta Diary: Warning to Canadians: Reefer Madness in Colorado and Washington could mean the end of civilization as we know it!

Your intrepid blogger with one of the wholesome and touristic murals of Legal, Alberta – evidence Civilization As We Know It survives in Canada, thank goodness! Note the crowds of tourists. Below: Perfesser Dave; Mural on the Legal Post Office; Mural on the wall of Denver Airport; So, do you stand with civilization (Legal murals), ...

Alberta Diary: ‘Ethical Cannabis’: Is it time to make … ‘The Case for B.C. Bud’?

Who would’ve thought we’d find a suitable reference to Riders Nation and Ethical Cannabis in one photograph? But courtesy the Calgary Sun, there it is! Note the hat, bottom right. Just saying. Below: Some guy standing in front of Rob Ford’s office. Those of us who don’t regularly wear melons on our heads or particularly ...

A BCer in Toronto: More hypocrisy on marijuana from the biker gang-supporting Conservatives

Yesterday, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau spoke with and answered questions from students at a high school in Brandon, Manitoba. One of the students asked him his position on marijuana, and he answered. No transcript is available, but here’s how Brandon Sun reporter Jillian Anderson, who was there, describes it: Austin said Trudeau started by saying ...

Calgary Grit: How I spent my summer vacation

Summer vacation lasted a bit longer for MPs than for the rest of us. If you’re just tuning back in now as our parliamentarians head back to the House tomorrow, here’s what you may have missed. For Justin, this was very much the summer of love. He ditched the suit for a pair of cargo ...

Scott's DiaTribes: This poll and that poll – more summer bad news for the Conservatives

More polls to talk about today. First, two-thirds of Canadians who were polled disapprove of Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in Sept and waiting until late October to reconvene Parliament. As I said in my blogpost just the other day, this is probably the most “conventional” use of proroguing Parliament (or intending to prorogue, as he ...

Scott's DiaTribes: The makings of Trudeau policy and what he stands for

In my own humble (and admittedly partisan) opinion, I think Justin Trudeau has had a good week. First, he strongly criticized the PQ intention of banning religious headgear from Quebec government institutions etc, calling that going against Canadian values and rights (right in step with how his father would have reacted to this), and then ...

A BCer in Toronto: On generations, reefer madness and focusing on the economy

A week later and my news clippings are still filled with news about Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s sensible talk about marijuana legalization – and they say it’s hard for an opposition leader to get attention in the summer, when the House isn’t sitting… The Conservatives are helping keep the issue alive with the usual fear-mongery ...

A BCer in Toronto: If you oppose marijuana legalization and regulation, you’re soft on crime

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s support of marijuana legalization and regulation made news this week, although it isn’t really new. He spoke about his position during the leadership race, but it made a bit of news again this week when he spoke about it in Kelowna during his well-received summer tour of British Columbia. Here are ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is Time for the BC NDP to Clean House. No More Reviews are Needed.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger I have been a member of the BC NDP since the early 70′s. Like so many others I have been on a full tour of duty including a ‘Mission Impossible’ run to be the Malahat Juan de Fuca MLA back in 2001. Today we face yet another leadership crisis following the mind ...

Cowichan Conversations: Politicians Please Ponder Pot Policies Promptly!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Political Blogger For decades our politicians have pouted over the question of legalization often throwing their hands in the air pointing to the US War on Drugs as evidence that they could not possibly legalize cannabis here in Canada. Well the air has just been let out of that balloon. Washington State and ...