British Columbia’s Cannabis Control and Licensing Act (Bill 30), and Cannabis Distribution Act (Bill 31) are two pieces of legislative nonsense modeled after the Liquor Control and Licensing Act and the Liquor Distribution Act.

What was the point of consulting with BC’s underground industry if you ignored all their suggestions? 

Cannabis isn’t liquor and it isn’t tobacco. And it shouldn’t be shoehorned into those provincial regulatory models.

If Bill 30 and Bill 31 are the end result of a federal task force and endless provincial consultations — then what took so long and why did it cost so much money?

If the end result is a copycat of liquor laws, a mere replacing of the word “liquor” with “cannabis” in some cases, then why did the BC government pay lip service to BC Bud?

Why give us an inkling of hope that things would be fine?

BC Premier John Horgan will take Justin Trudeau to task on pipelines and proper federal jurisdiction — but he won’t touch BC Bud.

Never mind Justin doing to BC’s cannabis industry what his dad once did to Alberta’s oil. 

Like any admirer of China’s or Cuba’s statism, Justin is expropriating wealth from a genuine middle-class of cannabis professionals and funneling it into a Bay Street-connected cartel of licensed producers established under the Harper regime.

But do we hear about this from Horgan? Of course not.

Instead, the “Honourable” Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth signed his name on a couple bills that reek like over-vaporized shake.

Legislation that controls and regulates cannabis as if it were alcohol or tobacco will not work for this province. 

It may work for Ontario, or some Maritime provinces, maybe some rural BC communities. But even that is doubtful.

The best solution is to recognize what made Western civilization successful to begin with. Namely, free markets and a common-law legal system uncorrupted by political and post-modern ideas.

And that’s what makes cannabis civil disobedience more than a fight for the freedom to consume, buy and sell. 

Detractors often lambast that the annual 4/20 gathering at Sunset Beach is no longer a protest but a farmer’s market.

Don’t they see the connection?

In authoritarian states where markets are severely controlled or even outlawed, farmer’s markets are an act of civil disobedience. The Chinese or Cuban farmer selling his or her produce on the black market is a traitor and criminal to only the Politburo. 

To everyone else, mutual exchange is a net benefit. Philosopher Robert Nozick calls it capitalist acts between consenting adults. Others simply refer to it as “liberty.”

This is ultimately what cannabis prohibition is denying Canadians. And this is what we have to continue to fight for – a free and fair market.

Bill 30 and Bill 31 are not remedies. Having the BC Liquor Distribution Branch as the sole, wholesale distributor of non-medical cannabis will not work. Full stop.

  • Lori

    I am shocked that Horgan didnt get more flack from the Green Party that put him in office. It is my understanding that Green would promote a private retail model, here in Ontario they have stated this for sure. No one wants to address the 6B$$ industry takeover that sits like an elephant in the room. Wynne, here in Ontario will fail with her OCB brand while taking down dispensaries like “whack a mole” in the meantime. How disappointing B.C. now find themselves in that same situation. What exactly are the government frightened of? why will nobody champion the rights of existing 420market? the LP cartel’s are running scared of TRUE product and have Trudeau’s minions behind them. A disgusting takeover of a peaceful Canadian industry by the government for their own gain. Free Market will just go deeper where we have always thrived. Its disgusting that Government will not allow small cannabis farmers to participate. I am sick of the government controlling our life, our personal ideologies and our personal consumption of Cannabis. They forget who they work for………………………..

    • Turner Kayston

      “I am sick of the government controlling our life, our personal ideologies and our personal consumption of Cannabis. They forget who they work for………………………..”

      Amen

  • Lloyd Hart

    Right on! I have worked with the NDP for decades but this is the old tired socialist in the party no longer recognizing that besides unions and environmentalists like myself, Small Business and Farmers give the NDP their hand to power. Single Payer Healthcare would have never gotten off the ground if prairie farmers and small business didn’t back it. Cannabis belongs to farmers and shopkeepers, give it back you thieves!