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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 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…)

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

In, albeit not their sleaziest act, the Harper government blanketed the Ontario federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt with flyers, aimed at the Liberals, for the upcoming bi-election.

Not unusual during an election campaign.

What made these flyers beyond the pale, was their content. Hoping to tap into the abundant immigrant community for votes, they suggest that Justin Trudeau will encourage their children to smoke pot, by making it available in stores.

Says Joan Bryden for the Canadian Press: In fact, Trudeau argues that legalizing, regulating and taxing pot would help keep it out of the hands of children and starve (Read more…)

Left Over: Won’t Take a Weatherman to Know Which Way the Smoke Blows…

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…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Hemp Revolution

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, […]

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Cease And Desist: Zig-Zag Puts Kibosh on Justin Trudeau Rollies

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…)

Progressive Proselytizing: PM Plays Pot Politics Perfectly

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…)

The Disaffected Lib: You Know the Tories are Running Scared When They Go to Pot

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…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Justice Minister Peter MacKay Notices That Each Of His Fingers Is, Like, Totally Different

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”.

Politics and its Discontents: Ann Coulter’s ‘Thoughts’ On Marijuana

The always charming Ms Coulter equates marijuana with ‘retard pills.’ One can only assume she comes by her own mental deficiencies naturally.

Ann Coulter: Obama acts like he’s from Kenya — and weed is a ‘legal retard pill’ (via Raw Story )

President Barack Obama may not be a covert anti-colonialist “Manchurian candidate” from Kenya, but he sure does act like it, according to conservative author Ann Coulter. “I know we’ve spent seven years trying to persuade right-wingers, no,…

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Trashy's World: Horribly mixed up fonts aside…

Is this Ten Percenter surely a sign of the ReformCons knowing how they are oh-so-much screwed. But yeah, how about those fonts? (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

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), or Colorado chaos (legal marijuana)?

MEMORANDUM: Suggested Federal Tory Campaign Strategy TO: CPC Strategical Staff, Prime Minister’s Office FROM: Perfesser Dave, Political Consultant

Reefer Madness hit Colorado and Washington State yesterday, the first day of 2014. As a result, civilization as we know it (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Turning Points: Pot and Less Trust in Corporate Media

Turning points.

Here are two graphs that show a changing tide.

I have already written about trust in corporate media tanking. Now we can see a turned tide in pot use. And in Canada prostitution is no longer illegal. We are either entering a time of abject moral decay, or a shift away from uptightness.

September 3, 2013 You Aren’t Sufficiently Critical of the #Media (2) September 30, 2010 The Corporate Media Ignores Ignatieff Is Already In A Coalition (0) June 21, 2009 Canadians Need a Real Education in Politics (0) November 26, 2013 More CBC Privatization (0)

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Progressive Proselytizing: Prostitution is like abortion: you can’t stop it

With the Supreme Court striking down Canada’s prostitution laws, they have forced the issue into the public sphere. Within a year, Parliament has to decide to pass new laws regarding prostitution, or decide not to. Undoubtedly this is going to be a highly politicized topic and much like the Liberals new stance on marijuana is going to mean the 2015 election is going to have some elements of the culture wars in it. The positioning has only barely gotten started yet so we can’t comment too authoritatively on how the politics is going play out federally. Prostitution is actually a (Read more…)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tories On Dope

Justice Minister Peter MacKay is hinting that the government might take steps to “modernize” Canada’s marijuana laws:

Fining pot smokers for possession of small amounts is one policy the government will likely consider.“That doesn’t mean decriminalizing or legalizing, but it does mean giving police options, for example, to issue fines in addition to any other sanctions, or as a substitute for other sanctions,” MacKay told QMI Agency. “These are things that we are willing to look at in the new year, but there’s been no decision taken.”

Looks OK.  In fact, looks like Justin may be dragging the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Country That Dared Challenge The Great War on Marijuana

It's a small country of just over three million people wedged between Argentina and Brazil. But little Uruguay has just done what other bigger countries have never dared to do: legalize the production and sale of marijuana.And for that I see is already attracting the unwanted attention of the Drug Czars at the United Nations. Read more »

Trashy's World: There are regular lies and misrepresentations…

… and then there are Conservative Party of Canada lies and misrepresentations! And the latter category can contain some whoppers!!! This is what has me pissed off: Please find below a statement from the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. Yesterday we learned that Justin Trudeau’s Chief Financial Officer and senior […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Klown Pushers

Well I see Stephen Harper has returned from his disastrous attempt to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. And that after shooting himself in both legs by insulting the American President, the long ride back from New York City was more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow than Lincoln's march to victory.Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: LPC Lead NOT Weed Fuelled!

Latest Nanos Numbers: #LPC 36, #CPC 30, #NDP 25 #PnPCBC with @evansolomoncbc #CDNpoli— Will (@natnewswatch) September 4, 2013

Don’t even think it.  The economy has been, and will likely remain, anemic.  Usually  governments pay for that, even conservative ones who like to style themselves good stewards of the economy.  Because clearly they must be wrong if the economy remains in the tank.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Summer Is Almost Over

..and poli-talk turns from the wan mellow of good ganja  to the economy, which ended Q2 with an enormous thud:

On a monthly basis, real GDP by industry declined 0.5% in June.

Work it out and that means less than two per cent growth for the year as a whole.  Mind you, one bad month does not a downturn make.  But it looks like the negative effects of Alberta’s floods will be showing up in GDP reports still to come, and even afterwards there’s nothing to suggest that growth into 2014 and even 2015 will be anything but (Read more…)

ParliamANT Hill: JustAnt defends pot revelation as caucus meets in P.E.I.

Inspired by these headlines:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2013/08/28/pol-liberal-summer-caucus.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/08/28/toronto-rob-ford-admits-smoking-marijuana.html

Alberta Diary: Grass crime no! Grain crime yes! The inconsistencies of Prime Minister Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper stands with Rick Strankman and some of the other law-breaking farmers the PM pardoned in 2011. (Photo grabbed from the Drumheller Mail.) Below: Mr. Strankman, now Wildrose MLA for Drumheller-Stettler, and Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is open in his disdain for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s politically calculated admission he has recently consumed marijuana.

Fair enough under the circumstances, I guess. I’m enough of an old fuddy-duddy myself to feel that a citizen, let alone a Parliamentarian, ought to obey a law even if he or (Read more…)

Bill Longstaff: I’d rather have Justin Trudeau stoned than Stephen Harper sober

Justin Trudeau’s admission that he had smoked the occasional joint had the Conservatives at their huffing and puffing best this week. His “actions speak for themselves” offered the Prime Minister while Justice Minister Peter MacKay accused Mr. Trudeau of setting “a poor example for all Canadians, particularly young ones” and went on to declare that “Justin Trudeau is simply not the kind of

Politics and its Discontents: Hee Hee Hee

Despite the misspelling in the caption, I rather like this cartoon, probably for obvious reasons.

As well, you may enjoy these letters from Star readers who have an even less flattering view of Mr. Harper as it pertains to his northern junket, escaping the heat via prorogation, and his ongoing senate ‘problems.’

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Politics and its Discontents: Let The Hysteria Begin

While I have real doubts about Justin Trudeau’s leadership qualities, I have to give him credit for a degree of openness almost non-existent in politicians. While surely well-aware of the political consequences, he has admitted to smoking pot since he became an M.P. He said that he made this admission for the purposes of full transparency.

The response from the Harperites has been both swift and predictable, at a time when even the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (see video below) are advocating handing out tickets for pot possession:

Justice Minister Peter MacKay said that smoking pot as (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Swiss Inmates Going to Pot

Swiss prisons have a marijuana problem and Swiss prison guards like it that way.

A recent study published in the  International Journal of Drug Policy estimates that 50 to 80 percent of inmates in Swiss prisons use marijuana. Prison staff told researchers they found marijuana to be a relatively safe drug and that cracking down on consumption would have more negative effects than positive ones.Surveys of detainees and guards revealed similar opinions on marijuana use, with both groups describing the effects of marijuana as analgesic, calming and a way to decrease the traumatic prison experience.  Negative consequences included sleepiness, social (Read more…)