British Columbian cannabis has never been legal, and in all other provinces, police have acted swiftly and aggressively to enforce a criminal code that runs counter to human rights or public health and safety.

Choose your end; prohibition isn’t the means.

In 2015, the Liberals finally recognized this. For decades the political willpower just hadn’t been there. But now it was, and the Liberals used it as a wedge to get Stephen Harper on the defensive and lose the election.

Legalization is simple. Remove cannabis from the criminal code and pawn it off to the provinces, who may decide to cooperate on the issue or go it alone.

Is legalization a mental health issue requiring much state intervention? Or are free, robust farmers markets the way to go? One where the business community offers regulatory and accreditation services instead of having citizens rely on salaried bureaucracy incapable of bankruptcy.

The non-violent “criminal” element of BC Bud harms no one. There is no such thing as getting organized crime out of the trade.

In BC, police have focused on more important crimes. No harm, no foul. Live and let live. This is common sense and a basic precept for a free society.

Under Trudeau, we are threatened by a policy the Harper government may have written. It even has Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose’s support.

Legalize cannabis, but restrict and regulate it. Treat it like a scourge, for the children.

Justin Trudeau is part of the Laurentian elite. His approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 reveal his true colours.

If the goal was to treat cannabis like alcohol and tobacco, then the Liberals couldn’t mention the plant’s medicinal, therapeutic and industrial uses.

The Liberals have no interest in “restoring the middle class” by cutting their taxes. They don’t plan to fight climate change by liberalizing the plant capable of revitalizing industry while reversing environmental degradation.

Neglecting BC Bud is strike number one.

Strike number two, the pipelines.

If Liberal voters thought cannabis criminals would be a thing of the past, those who believed only Harper would ram through oil pipelines don’t understand how the political system works.

What will be strike three? With Christy Clark the Liberal Party shill she is, we arrive at a possible remedy in time for the 2017 provincial election: secession.

A large, vocal Quebec minority have been threatening separation from Canada for decades. In return, at the bargaining table, Quebec has the advantage. The federal government will bend over backward to keep Confederation together.

With a free hemp market more likely to curb greenhouse gasses than federal taxes, regulations, and oil production, perhaps it’s time for British Columbians to ask themselves whether we really need Ottawa.

Of course, we’ll always have friendly relations with the Canadians, but if being Canadian means having a government that acts counter to the common goals of peace, prosperity, and sustainability, then what other choice do we have?

John Locke believed a “right to revolution,” I’m merely proposing a more local means of control.

Following the lead of the Quebecois may be worth pursuing.

  • bob

    WELL WELL WELL…FINALY WE GET SOME BACKBONE…..FIRST A COMMENT ON QUEBEC…THEY NEVER WANTED TO SEPARATE THEY ARE JUST MASTERS AT THE WHINE AND GRAB…AND HAVE RECIEVED FAR MORE THAN THIER DUE TO KEEP THE POLITICAL HACKS BACK EAST IN POWER..IT IS ONLY RECENTLY OUR VOTE …OUT WEST .. ONCE ONTARIO AND QUEBEC HAVE VOTED MEANS ANYTHING….

    IT IS NATURAL FOR THE ”FREE THINKERS”” TO MIGRATE TO THE WEST AS OUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS…..TO ESCAPE THE ABUSES OF THE INDENTURED MORONS…

    PROBLEM BEING WE HIT THE OCEAN AND CANNOT GET FURTHER AWAY FROM THEM..

    MY FAMILY HAS BEEN HERE LONGER THAN ANY OTHER EXCEPT 4 AND EVERY GENERATION OF MY ANCESTORS WERE ABUSED BY THE GOVERNMENT TAKING THIER FARMS FOR THE GOOD OF THE PUBLIC…..NOW WE ARE DEPENDANT ON IMPORTED FOOD..

    ANYWAY I CAN GO ON FAR TO LONG IN THIS VIEN….AS IT IS VERY PERSONAL

    I AM HAPPY TO SEE SOME DESIRE FOR SEPARATION COMING NOW…AND WE HAVE PROVEN WE CAN STAND UP AND REJECT THE BULLIES BACK EAST…GST//HST….. RECENT VOTE.

    WE NED A GOVERMENT THAT REPRESENTS THE DESIRES OF THE PEOPLE…

    THERE IS NO CHANCE TO ACHIEVE THIS WITH ANYTHING OTHER THAN A NEW SLATE….

    I HOPE THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO THE STUPID THING AND WE WILL UNITE AND REJECT THIER IMPOSITIONS ON OUR FREEDOM..

    WE ARE NOT ALL 12 YEARS OLD AS THEY BELIEVE AND WE DO NOT NEED THEM LOOKING OUT FOR US…

    BOB

  • Diana

    I say we in the West in the break free from their rules altogether, and split Canada at the Ontario/Manitoba boarder. We in Western Canada can govern ourselves, with our own needs & goals in mind, not theirs. We are quite capable of becoming our our independent nation. We don’t actually need them for anything.

    They only acknowledge us when they want something, like our oil, taxes, or to impose their laws. They want total control over ever aspect of our lives, resources, land, etc. Otherwise we are nonexistent to them. All we can hope for each year, is that they give us back some of money they collected, so we can provide services to our people. But we are at their mercy for this, and they are greedy.

    How about it folks? An independent Western Canada? I like it.

    Cannabis can be 100% legal here, no restrictions, no penalties, no grow limits, or strength limits, or cannabis licenses that take years to approve with their ridiculous amount of red tape and hoops to jump through. I say we treat it like any other crop, cuz that’s really all it is. We don’t actually need any laws to govern it. Its a complete waste of time, money, and propaganda to have 100% dominance and control over such an innocent and harmless plant. Plus it needlessly clogs up our court system for no valid reason. Everyone should have the right to use it.

    Personally, I don’t smoke it myself, but I avidly support the right to do so, because I’ve seen it help others. I firmly believe that no one has the right to tell anyone else what they can or can’t grow, smoke, or etc. I am of the Farmers Market mind set. It should be no different than selling your extra apples to a neighbor.

    As for the age restriction, I disagree completely. I have seen it calm several kids with crazy ADHD into normal behavior. It really helps them and they shouldn’t be excluded or punished. The drugs that doctors are pushing onto ADHD, ADD, and Asbergers kids are crazy dangerous with scary side effects. Yet somehow they are legal. Ridiculous! To all the parents out there who have hyperactive ADHD children, feeling helpless to help them calm down long enough to learn at school, interact with others normally, and feel good about themselves. Cannabis will help them much more than pharmaceuticals, and without all the side effects, or long term damage of the pharmaceuticals. Its not fair to punish the hyperactive kids who really do need it.

    To add insult to injury, very very few doctors can actually authorize a Medical Marijuana license in Alberta, cuz they need to take a course and get special training in order to authorize it. Yet tomorrow, a new unknown pharmaceutical drug will come out and the same doctor can prescribe it the next day. How is this fair? Why is it so hard to get?

    • bob

      VERY GOOD A SMART PERSON
      EXCEPT THE DIVIDING LINE FOR THE WEST IS THE ROCKIES A BIG PILE OF DIRT SEPARATING US FROM THE EAST…MY FAMILY IS IN ALBERTA AND I AM AFRAID THEY THINK MORE LIKE AMERICANS THAN BC PEOPLE…

      MAYBE THAT WOULD BE GOOD THOUGH SOMETIMES OUR RADICALIZATION HEREIN BC IS A BIT MUCH HAHAHAHA

      BUT TRULY SEPARATION FROM THE CONTROL OF ONTARIO AND QUEBEC WHO BLEED WESTERN CANADA DRY IS A CHANCE AT SOME FREEDOM OF CHOICE FOR US…