So what’s the point? Why not just remove cannabis from the criminal code, pardon nonviolent offenders, and give the provinces the responsibility on how best to govern the legal regime?
Because, this is the Liberal government. More power and bureaucracy are the answers to everything.
According to the government’s discussion paper, the objectives of the task farce include: keeping cannabis out of the hands of kids, keeping profits out of the hands of “organized crime”, shifting police resources from simple possession to trafficking and illegal production, prevent criminal record for simple possession (but again, not for selling and producing cannabis outside the regulatory framework), harsher penalties for driving under the influence, and promoting “public health” propaganda.
Cannabis is still considered a vice, a “scourge” as task farce leader Anne McLellan called it. Even to the point that the committee will look into capping THC.
The discussion paper reads, “Given the significant health risks, maximum THC limits could be set and high-potency products strictly prohibited.”
What health risks? No one has ever died from THC and the myth that it negatively impacts young people’s brain (beyond the point of repair) is unsubstantiated bullshit.
This legalization task farce accomplishes two goals.
One, it gives Canadians the illusion that the government is being careful and moderate with its legalization roll-out. Democracy appeals to short-term public relations, not what is in the best interests of everyone in the long-run.
Second, the task farce gives lobbyists opportunities to influence decisions and control the outcome. I’m sure the Cannabis Growers of Canada aren’t overtly excited about spending time, money and resources into influencing the opinions of men like Bill Blair.
But so it goes in this modern form of communism. If cannabis connoisseurs don’t get their voice heard, the licensed producers (LPs) will win out, because, obviously, the LPs are lobbying for their viewpoint that they should be the sole suppliers.
The longer legalization takes, the more time the LPs have to lobby and the more the cannabis community will become fractured based on petty differences and arguments over what legalization should look like.
Of course, factions aren’t necessarily bad, as it can be desirable to have a healthy array of opinions and beliefs, but when the opposition is well-funded and united, a divided community only plays into their agenda.