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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 through samples, etc. Back then, choosing from a printed list of products, one would fill out an order on a small piece of paper, tender that order to an anonymous clerk behind a barrier who would it hand off to another employee who then disappeared (Read more…)
Speaking at a Conservative campaign office last week, Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s better half, declared that when it comes to marijuana possession, “You don’t put people in jail.” On the other hand, she also said marijuana use was worse than smoking or alcohol and she opposes full legalization. Nonetheless, her view would seem to approximate the NDP’s policy of decriminalization. It
Columnist Ralph Surrette had a piece in the Chronicle Herald this weekend: Harper defeat won’t suffice; this calls for fumigation In it he questions why the NDP did not go on the attack when Stephen Harper announced that he’d institute a “ban on travel by Canadians to areas of terrorist activity “ This announcement sent a chill down the spine of many Canadians, and prompted experts to weigh in on the legality of such a move. More importantly, however, it would mean the further deterioration of our rights. Says Surrette: After all, the arguments over the anti-terror law, Bill (Read more…)
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Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s moral crusade against marijuana escalates the war on drugs wastes public resources on law enforcement and the justice system.
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The Conservatives have started early on their advertising campaign for the upcoming election. We are, for example, being told ad nauseam that Justin Trudeau isn’t ready. With their large war chest, the Conservatives can afford to lay it on thick. But they’re not only relying on their own funds, they are also relying on ours. Health Minister Rona Ambrose has announced a rerun of the anti-marijuana
Driving high on pot is safer, a lot safer than driving after drinking. From the ordinarily staid Washington Post:
A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration finds that drivers who use marijuana are at a significantly lower risk for a crash than drivers who use alcohol. And after adjusting for age, gender, race and alcohol use, drivers who tested positive for marijuana were no more likely to crash than who had not used any drugs or alcohol prior to driving.
For marijuana, and for a number of other legal and illegal drugs including antidepressants, painkillers, stimulants (Read more…)
Manipulating the public with carefully tailored fear is despicable. It’s also the entire first chapter in Stephen Harper’s playbook. He’s been incredibly successful in using fear as a weapon to motivate his own political base from the outset.
If you own a working television set chances are you’ve seen the Harper government’s anti-marijuana ad. It’s ostensibly the work of Health Canada but the ad bears the imprimatur of the Prime Minister’s Office because it’s based on falsehoods calculated to scare gullible parents.
An ominous 30-second ad now on YouTube and TV warns that smoking too many joints can seriously harm (Read more…)
Satire inspired by this headline: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/anti-marijuana-ad-s-dubious-claim-a-scary-hit-with-parents-1.2876654
This latest anti-drug propaganda public service ad from the Harper regime is not being well received. Here is a sampling of the critical reaction culled from You Tube: – “As a Canadian taxpayer, I’m highly offended that my money contributed to this mass disinformation, which amounts to nothing more than scare tactics. It’s time for the government to drop the political motives that are clearly behind these types of messages about drugs, and instead embrace an opinion that is based on public health.”
-”What a weak argument – ’300 – 400% stronger than it was 30 years ago’. Now (Read more…)
Washington took recreational marijuana off the state criminal books two years ago. Last night voters in Alaska and Oregon followed suit. California is expected to do the same in 2016.
Imagine. British Columbia, the province once known for “B.C. Bud”, could be the last jurisdiction on the Pacific Coast to have a criminal prohibition against marijuana growing, possession and/or sale. And that, like so many other things that grate on British Columbians, is because the power to change is held by Ottawa – and held over our heads, as usual.
Ottawa has final say, sort of. Law enforcement agencies (Read more…)
In April of this year, an ambulance was called to 24 Sussex Drive, after a teenage girl had consumed too much alcohol. No charges were laid, despite the fact that she was underage.
The occasion was a birthday party for Stephen Harper’s son Ben, and the official response was that the Harpers were just a normal family. Yes, apparently all normal families ply teenagers with enough alcohol, that they have to be rushed to hospital, apparently suffering from alcohol poisoning.
(The image above is our Justice Minister Peter MacKay and his beer bong)
However, rather than using this as an (Read more…)
Well it could have been just another day in the glamorous life of Rona Ambrose Health Minister. Serving the public, like an Angel of Mercy, and servicing Stephen Harper, like the Angel of Death.Not necessarily in that order. But then she blew it. Again. By trying to make the country's doctors believe that the Con cult's massive tax payer funded anti-marijuana ad campaign wasn't blatantly political.
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The other day I wrote about how horrified and disgusted I was to see Stephen Harper's Cons trying to use doctors to attack Justin Trudeau.By inviting them to endorse an anti-marijuana ad campaign clearly designed to reinforce their own filthy and misleading attack ads.Well now the country three main medical organizations have delivered their answer: no thank you Great Leader. Read more »
Well as you know Julian Fantino is the worst Veterans Affairs Minister this country has ever known.An incompetent bully if ever there was one.But now he has a new cause. Saving us and the children of Canada from the dastardly Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau cannot be trusted with our safety. He's soft on crime, pro-marijuana legalization, & now consorts with religious extremists.— Julian Fantino (@JulianFantino) August 6, 2014
And it couldn't be more disgusting.So I'm glad to see that Trudeau is finally firing back. Read more »
There is apparently no sordid depth to which Stephen Harper will not stoop or plunge, no sewer he will not crawl through, in his depraved and desperate attempt to smear and destroy Justin Trudeau.He's called him a girly man, a junkie and a terrorist.And now he's trying to use doctors to attack Trudeau's position on marijuana. Read more »
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 citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.
The federal government should repeal the (Read more…)
Tories and Liberals gang up on NDP over mailings—why now? What’s to be gained by a normally secretive all-party club of MPs attacking some of its members?
By Leslie MacKinnon, CBC News Posted: Jun 21, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 21, 2014 7:30 AM ET
In another section of this site, (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vancouver-mp-claims-liberal-party-promoting-marijuana-to-kids-1.2683052) you print an article about the Tories slamming the Federal Liberals in a mail-out, with many untruths..but I’m guessing that is okay, as long as there is no overt political message that takes a pro stance on the Tories? The (Read more…)
Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, […]
CANNABIS CULTURE – So I received a cease and desist order via registered mail today from ZIG ZAG. It’s 3 pages of their request, followed by 50 pages of their copyrights they own. In one part their letter mentions “Even though your use of our client’s copyrighted works make a political spoof of Mr. Justin Trudeau, these activities can hardly be characterized as “fair” and would constitute copyright infringement.” Although, they are not requesting costs, or damages, they are requesting I cease and desist manufacturing, advertising and selling them by March 21st 2014, if not they want costs and (Read more…)
Whatever else one might be tempted to say about Harper, nobody is going to claim he is not politically savvy. His latest move – considering changing marijuana laws to include a ticketing system – is tactically brilliant.
Consider the context: Justin Trudeau has adopted the brave stance to support marijuana legalization after it became Liberal policy at a the 2012 convention. Since then, the Conservatives have blasted Trudeau relentlessly in talking points and ads, particularly to their base, featuring rather conspiratorial “think of the children!” themes. To the base, it can be a great issue to demagogue on. . However, (Read more…)
Hey, hey – whatever happened to Harper’s Reefer Madness? Word from Elmer’s unfortunate boy, Peter MacKay, is that the Harper regime is looking to backpeddle on its get tough on drugs policy. Perhaps running scared from Justin Trudeau, the Tories want to make simple pot possession a ticket offence instead of a full-blown Criminal Code matter.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay told reporters on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning he has tasked the justice department “with looking at and coming forward with what could be a draft legislation.” “We have not arrived on the exact mechanism in which (Read more…)
Just before announcing that the government’s attacks on Justin Trudeau over marijuana legalization have failed and he will be introducing copy-cat legislation very soon. Later on, MacKay plans to “spin some early Floyd and just chill”.