“Cutting Through the Noise: A Journalists’ Scorecard on What Messages are Getting Through and Which Aren’t,” featured Jamie Shaw as moderator, with Ian Mulgrew, columnist with the Vancouver Sun, Mike Gager, a news reporter for the Globe and Mail, Debra Bochardt, a financial journalist for Forbes Magazine, and Cannabis Life Network’s own Caleb McMillan.
The event was private, so there are no recordings, but Caleb’s two-cents attempted to capture the essence of illegal cannabis growers and the struggle of vendors.
“I told them a legalization model was ultimately going to have to form around this market,” he said to CLN. The audience consisted of high-profile business people and bureaucrats.
Caleb mentioned that regardless of whatever the Liberals do, however much power the provincial governments are given — if people with criminal records specific to cannabis are prohibited from competing in an open, free legal market, then there is no legalization.
A model too restrictive encourages cannabis connoisseurs to break the law. “Going to jail for a plant and its derivatives is not a workable legalization model.”