Task farce leader Anne McLellan said legalization will cost taxpayers. “In fact, there are going to be up-front costs that governments at all levels are going to have to absorb,” she told the state-broadcaster.

Canadians should not “expect big revenues in the early years.”

The central plan from Ottawa won’t be perfect. “There will be surprises,” she said. “This regime will have to be tweaked.”

This is exactly the message I’ve been trying to get across for over a year now. Big government legalization is still big government.

McLellan wants to initiate propaganda campaigns and hire new bureaucrats. Up-front costs that taxpayers at all levels “are going to have to absorb.”

Have to, is the key phrase here. For, according to Anne McLellan, you have a duty to place yourself under the conscious authority of the Liberal party and conform your behaviour to the directive of certain human beings.

This is quite a demand for a harmless plant like cannabis.

Understandably, we need rules in the legal cannabis market. Unreflectively, we ignore the Anglo-American system of customary and common law. All the rules that regulate commercial behaviour are already in place.

Tort and criminal law provide security, while contract, property, and commercial law facilitate cooperation and exchange.

Perceived conflicts with legal cannabis can and should be resolved by that part of the law arising from actual conflicts, that part of the law that reduces interpersonal disputes.

Our Western legal tradition demonstrates a law consistent with social peace. All Trudeau’s legalization has argued is that obeying the law means obeying the rules set out by legislative agencies.

Clearly, the federal government has forgotten who has the upper hand. For, legalization wasn’t on the docket until a sizeable minority demanded it. People grew and consumed cannabis in spite of what the legislative law said.

All the federal government needs to do, and arguably can do, is remove cannabis from the criminal code and pardon cannabis charges.

Civil society will take care of the rest.

But this isn’t what Anne McLellan wants. She wants Canadians to accept the faulty premise that we need a federal legalization plan, that, of course, won’t be perfect, but “people should expect that.”

McLellan says, “This regime will have to be tweaked… People should expect that. Government should expect that. Civil society should expect that and quite honestly the media should not describe those tweaks as failures.”

But they are failures. And McLellan should not dictate press coverage to a free media.

Legalization should not burden the taxpayer. It doesn’t have to.

There are more peaceful alternatives that don’t require a meddling bureaucracy backed by guns and badges.

Legalization doesn’t require an unreflective obedience to political authority.

  • bob

    WELL SAID CALEB

    BUT YOU MISS THE NASCENT POINT

    THESE PEOPLE ONLY UNDERSTAND ONE THING

    THE PUBLIC IS TO STUPID TO KNOW WHAT IS RIGHT FOR THEM SO THEY WILL DECIDE..

    I ACTUALLY HAD THE MINISTER OF FINANCE FOR BC SAY THAT TO ME

    I SAID I AGREED WITH HIM BECAUSE THEY VOTE ASSHOLES LIKE HIM INTO OFFICE

    I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO CALL THEM AGAIN..HAHAHA

    MY POINT BEING THEY HAVE DELUDE THEMSELVES FOR SO LONG AS A GROUP THAT THEY REALLY BELIEVE IT
    MY BROTHER IS HEAD BEAURACRAP IN ALBERTA..AND HE CANNOT PUT A PHONE NUMBER IN HIS CELL PHONE ……HAS A SECRETARY DO THAT…

    IT IS NOT FIXABLE..NEED TO START FRESH..

    BC NEEDS TO LEAVE CONFEDERATION

    I BELIEVE HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO WALK AWAY ANYTIME AS OTTAWA DID NOT FINISH THIER END OF THE DEAL WHEN WE JOINED…
    IMAGINE BC BUDLAND HAHA

    BUT REALLY IT IS THE ONY WAY TO FIX THE WHOLE ISSUE

    NOT ENOUGH FINGERS FOR ALL THE HOLES IN THE DYKE…

  • Wayne Phillips

    Contrary to the notion that our western legal tradition demonstrates a law consistent with social peace is R. v. Parker, 2000 CanLII 5762 (ON CA) where it was found that “the regulation of marijuana has a very short history in Canada and lacks a significant foundation in our legal tradition. It is, in fact, an embarrassing history based upon misinformation and racism. While the marijuana prohibition is not firmly rooted in Canada, there is a well-established history of regulation of drugs in this country. However, of all of the drugs with potential therapeutic effects, marijuana stands out because it is subject to a complete prohibition. This prohibition results in a web of legislation that makes it impossible as a practical matter for a physician to prescribe marijuana and, therefore, for a patient to legally possess it pursuant to a prescription.”

    Anne McLellan and the Liberals would like all the nuances of why and wherefore to remain buried; particularly how cannabis came to be added to the Restricted List of the Opium and Narcotic Drug Act as an amendment then grand-fathered into legitimacy via the Narcotic Control Act.

    • Wayne Phillips

      . . . the spirit of prohibition has been carried on under the pretense of health and safety concerns as well as the bureaucratic disentitlement which is rife throughout the MMAR, the MMPR and now the ACMPR.

    • http://www.calebmcmillan.com Caleb

      I meant the law before democratic government usurped it. Our legal tradition has been eroding for the last 150+ years. Should have mentioned that. Sorry about the mix up!

  • Robert Wright

    I seen the writing on the wall when they first mentioned legalization these government ass clowns don’t know shit about Cannabis they are still spouting decades old prohibitionist rhetoric that has long since been proven false.
    They just want to pass more unconstitutional laws and regulations that trample all over our rights and these laws will remain in force until someone with deep pockets challenges them in court it’s funny these people are supposed to work for us but all they do is work against us.