Once Canadian small-c conservatives get over the fact that cannabis legalization won’t affect their personal lives, then we can move onto the bigger issues.
Namely, make smoking great again.
Since most people have a ghastly experience with tobacco, many don’t bat an eye when the war on drugs sets its aims for cigarettes.
However, divorced from its cancer-causing properties, there is an art to smoking.
Like Ayn Rand says,
“I like to think of fire held in a man’s hand. Fire, a dangerous force, tamed at his fingertips. I often wonder about the hours when a man sits alone, watching the smoke of a cigarette, thinking. I wonder what great things have come from such hours. When a man thinks, there is a spot of fire alive in his mind–and it is proper that he should have the burning point of a cigarette as his one expression.”
Of course, cigarettes kill. But cannabis cures. And thus — smoking cannabis is meditative.
Everything about it is a ritual, from choosing the flower to grinding it, to rolling it up. It’s a tradition. It’s something to be proud of.
Since we’re all forced into this universal health-care con together, it’s unsurprising the war on tobacco has gone unchallenged. Your unhealthy choices cost me as a taxpayer. Therefore, the state should direct your habits to produce healthier outcomes.
The assault on private property in the name of the drug war needs to stop. Overruling private property owners based on “conflicts” that don’t involve actual victims is morally repugnant and dangerous to liberty.
That’s how cannabis is going to make smoking great again. There’s nothing wrong with smoking cannabis and, with legalization, governments will be forced to allow for vape-lounges and other indoor smoking areas.
Governments will have to craft legislation that no longer considers smokers second-class citizens.
Anti-smoking laws are anti-private property and that should never be allowed for in a free society. Smoking on the property, whether indoor or out, whether tobacco or cannabis, is the decision of the property owner.
Of course, we don’t own land in Canada. The Crown does. We buy certain usage rights we recognize colloquially as property, because, FYI, this isn’t the USA.
Outside the philosophy of “might makes right,” rights are empirical natural rights. And therefore, if an owner of a bowling alley wants his hall filled up with cigar and cigarette smoke, if a landlord is okay with a dispensary and/or coffee shop offering patrons a place to consume cannabis — then there’s no issue.
No harm, no foul.
The federal government should be more concerned with the national defence of the Arctic and ensuring the judicial system remains independent of political interference.
Not the specifics of cannabis legalization.
All they had to do was remove it from the criminal code. But nearly three years later, and here we are still getting criminal records. Still ashamed to smoke openly and without fear.