Bipartisan Conservatives and Legalization

First, they lose to Justin Trudeau. Then, they don’t make Maxime Bernier their leader.

Now, the federal Conservatives are against home cannabis growing?

Do they want to lose in 2019?

Why is Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson criticizing the plants per household provision?

And on the same basis as the Liberal propaganda — won’t somebody please think of the children?

It’s not a free-for-all with home growing.

Based on how C-45 is “debated” in the House, approved in the Senate, and given royal assent by the Governor-General, Canadians will presumably be allowed to only grow up to four plants per household (not per person, per household).

Height restrictions on the plants likely mean in-home inspections. How else does a tiny group in Ottawa enforce nation-wide rules?

Looking to the medical regime, Canadians interested in growing their own recreational cannabis might face an onslaught of bureaucracy, paperwork, and arbitrary requirements.

A concerned conservative should be more interested in civil liberties than this “what about the children” meme.

Like Trudeau, Conservative justice critic Rob Nicholson’s concern is “youth access to marijuana,” and so, disparages home-growing as problematic to the overall goal of the Liberals, which is, to keep cannabis out of the hands of children.

And so progressives trudge on, tailgated only by a reactionary conservative opposition, instead of a principled stand against socialism and democracy.

Nicholson cites “plants in the kitchen” as troublesome unlike alcohol, caffeine, or prescription pills, and definitely not like poisonous houseplants for aesthetic purposes only.

Perhaps the Cons can ironically look to the late Señor Trudeau for advice. Keeping government out of the bedrooms of the nation should be extended to the entire house. For, to quote another Liberal Prime Minister, “Canada is free and freedom is its nationality.”

Oh, how far we’ve fallen.

Instead, Nicholson suggests Liberal MPs drop the home-growing provision of the bill.

“Get rid of that whole thing,” he said, “Get the plants out of people’s houses here. Nobody wants that.”

Does nobody wants that? I want that. Very clearly, many people want that. In fact, get your papers together, go medical, and you can have that, right now.

The issue here is “plants per household” instead of “plants per person.”

It’s really a shame Maxime Bernier didn’t get that top-dog spot. Who the hell wants Andrew Scheer? Get rid of him. Get him out of people’s newsfeeds. Nobody wants that!

The more we limit individual freedoms for some vague collective notion of “public health and safety,” or worse, “the children,” the more we become like those countries that routinely violate human rights. It may take us six or seven generations to reach the barbarism of the Saudi government, but that is the trend we’re following unless we rediscover our Western legal tradition.

Nicholson has proposed a motion to stop the legalization bill from proceeding to a second reading.

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu clearly has never heard of the expression, best to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought of as a fool.

A Con MP, she’s already perceived as a fool, but then she opens her mouth and removes all doubt.

She believes growing cannabis in the home will turn children into “drug mules.”

Pretending like this might actually happen, I would personally congratulate the kids for their entrepreneurial initiative, but remind them that stealing buds from their parent’s cannabis plants is wrong and that their parents will discover the theft sooner or later.

Regardless, Marilyn Gladu believes children may mistakenly eat the plants, since, “Kids eat plants all the time.”

Yes, yes, because eating cannabis has no medical benefits. Eating the raw plant gets you high af.

Gladu, if you have no understanding of cannabis why should people elect you to make the decisions?

Advice for Conservative MPs: effective opposition to legalization requires adopting the principle of “no harm, no foul.”

The BC cannabis industry already exists, predates the federally regulated producers, and so all the federal government needs to do is remove the criminal sanctions and liberalize the plant. It really is that simple.

But instead we get bipartisan agreements in Ottawa, and that is never a good thing for the people who voted for an opposition party.

A bipartisan approach is really one-party rule, where even NDP justice critic Alistair McGregor is concerned about having “safeguards in place for our children.”

The only opposition to Bill C-45 is that it doesn’t go far enough in regulation. The Senate will likely conclude the same thing. The Governor General will then rubber stamp it.

Democracy and socialism will prevail again.