Canada's Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa December 3, 2013. REUTERS/Chris Wattie (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX162IW
Could future Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Poilievre ban cannabis without any parliamentary debate?
When governments worldwide overreacted to the coronavirus, Canadians smoked record amounts of weed. It’s only natural that when placed under house arrest and fed propaganda about the end of the world, people felt the need to smoke away the stress.
But so what? Cannabis is a harmless plant. It is non-lethal and non-toxic. It will not poison you or leave you “addicted.”
Yet, public health busybodies don’t believe this.
These are the same fascists that called (or continue to call) for lockdowns and vaccine mandates. These people believe their “expert opinion” overrides our legal system and the rule of law.
They think “cannabis use disorder” inflicts people like a disease. That its medical value is overstated and its harms are underappreciated.
So all Poilievre has to do is say he’s “listening to the experts,” and voilà!
Prohibited cannabis and without parliamentary debate. That is how Pierre Poilievre will ban cannabis.
“Decriminalizing deadly drug use is the opposite of compassionate. Those struggling with addiction need treatment & recovery. Drug dealers need strong policing & tough sentences.”
Of course, Poilievre is right for all the wrong reasons.
If we accept the decrees of public health when there’s a flu pandemic, why not trust their expertise with drug use?
Instead of decriminalizing drugs, B.C. police could arrest users and throw them into psychiatric wards against their will. Take their phones and cut them off from the outside world. That’s what addiction treatment and recovery are all about, after all.
And then, I think we can all agree that your local fentanyl dealer deserves the death penalty.
As for cannabis? It’s unlikely the Conservatives will repeal the Cannabis Act any more than they repealed same-sex marriage laws.
But, as I said, Poilievre doesn’t need parliamentary approval.
Power is getting concentrated in the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). And at the expense of the House of Commons and the Cabinet.
This trend didn’t begin under Justin Trudeau. Still, he certainly accelerated it just as Stephen Harper accelerated the trend from the Liberal government before him.
There’s no reason to think Poilievre would give up this kind of power.
Seriously, Will Pierre Poilievre Ban Cannabis?
No, probably not.
But what if Poilievre wants to remove cannabis from Canada like Justin Trudeau is disarming the public?
In that case, Poilievre doesn’t need anyone’s approval except his own. Trudeau is making firearms illegal through an Order-in-Council.
In theory, the entire Cabinet drafts an Order-in-Council. The governor-general then approves it. In most cases, orders-in-council are notices of federal appointments or regulations.
They are not meant to replace the legislative process. But that is what Justin Trudeau is doing. He is using an order-in-council the way U.S. Presidents use an Executive Order.
Even if you support Justin’s strict, state-enforced gun control, you should disagree with how he’s doing it.
For if he can introduce new sweeping laws through an order-in-council, there’s nothing to stop a Conservative government from using the same process to re-prohibit cannabis.
Pierre Poilievre Ban Cannabis? Here’s What He’ll Do Instead
Canada’s legalization review is long overdue. I don’t expect a Poilievre government to push for reform unless it turns out legalization is costing taxpayers billions more in regulatory oversight than alcohol or tobacco.
In that case, Poilievre may want to seek Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford’s advice. When once asked about the proliferation of cannabis shops, he said, “It doesn’t matter if it’s cannabis or another type of the store, the market will take care of it.”
That is the correct answer.
What Poilievre Should Be Doing
Poilievre is talking about removing gatekeepers so Canadians can build more homes and live in them.
Instead of a hypothetical where Pierre Poilievre bans cannabis, what about one where he improves the industry by gutting taxes and regulations?
Cannabis biomass is the responsibility of Ottawa. Poilievre can repeal the Cannabis Act and replace it with legislation that treats cannabis as the agricultural commodity that it is.
Using hemp in construction is not a fringe idea. While it has drawbacks (like not being suitable as a load-bearing material), hemp is an excellent insulator and absorbs carbon. Hempcrete handles moisture well, reduces the possibility of mould and promotes good indoor air quality.
Cannabis can also make bioethanol, a petrol substitute from fermented stalks. Hemp biodiesel, which works for diesel engines, is produced using the plant’s oil. Less toxic than table salt, hemp can run on an unmodified diesel engine and burns clean enough to pass federal regulations.
Will Poilievre do these things? Unlikely, but considering he’s already considered a fringe radical by the corporate press, what does he have to lose?
Poilievre says Wilfred Laurier is one of his favourite prime ministers. Laurier once said, “Canada is free, and freedom is its nationality.”
Suppose Poilievre wants a spot in history books next to Laurier. In that case, he can transform the Canadian economy from petroleum-based to cannabis-based.
He’d go down as a pioneer—a founding father of the new green economy. And not the fake-green propaganda we hear from the World Economic Forum and other globalist organizations.
I mean, real, natural environmental conservation.
Policies that don’t sacrifice our liberty or standard of living. Policies that recognize pollution for what it is: private property violations.