Liberal MP Justin Trudeau yawns as he votes during the 14th hour of voting on amendments to the budget Bill C38 in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 14, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
None of this should come as a surprise to cannabis consumers who happen to dab in politics (or vice-versa).
Being stoned is having heightened awareness, and, if you pursue it authentically, an ability to entertain thoughts you disagree with. Although obviously, one does not have to be stoned to do this — cannabis certainly helps.
Yet, legal pot is a dividing issue. Will people smoke and drive? What about the roads?!
What about them? Don’t provinces and municipalities already worry about their own road issues? And can’t every police brigade across Canada operate like a competitive insurance company and security service? It would save taxpayers a lot of time and money and help reallocate police services to their most desired uses — something other than the drug war.
Obviously, commerce outperforms government bureaucracy on both moral and financial grounds.
Extending this logic to the “rule of law” is a great leap, no doubt, but why this basic truth about “public” goods and services vis-à-vis the private sector tends to escape most people, particularly cannabis people, I have yet to discover.
And so, as Justin Trudeau fucks up legalization, I am in no shock nor awe that his brother got off scot-free when caught with cannabis in the 1990s.
A little part of me is shocked that Justin admitted it on television, but it’s probably just a pacing exercise where our pretty-boy PM tests the outrage and compliancy of those who agree and disagree with him. Or maybe it was a gaffe.
What else can we expect?
We entrust caretakers to provide a sort of “middle-of-the-road” utopia where we can practice socialism in certain sectors seemingly without consequence, and where private enterprise is presumed to survive, even thrive, under a heavy-tax burden that, coupled with a regulatory apparatus controlled by a steady stream of bureaucracy, inhibits innovation and capital accumulation.
I guess what I’m trying to say is… don’t be surprised that Trudeau Señor got the Trudeau brother off pot charges. This kind of political rule happens all the time in every statist system, whether under monarchs or MPs and Senators.