Perhaps back in the 1970s, when cannabis wasn’t as “strong” as it is today (which means you had to smoke more of it to get the same effect, making modern cannabis a safer choice), cannabis was profitable for organized crime, like motorcycle gangs and outlaws.

But, in the mid-2000s, when the government started licensing people to grow medical cannabis, violent organized crime started moving out of the cannabis business.

According to an SFU study, the percentage of Canada’s cannabis industry that’s actually criminal is as low as 5%.

That means 95% of Canada’s illicit cannabis industry is peaceful and concerned only with producing safe, quality cannabis. They aren’t simultaneously running meth labs, snorting cocaine, and paying off crooked cops and politicians.

The Toronto Star calls them “disorganized criminals” and that’s a good way of putting it since the free market is a decentralized network of entrepreneurs competing for consumers.

There is no central planning committee and the regulations (far from being written by Health Canada and then hardly enforced) are spontaneous and organic. That is, the regulations imposed on BC Bud aren’t political and have been discovered by producers and consumers through time.

Now all the government needs to do is recognize this legitimate industry and encourage these “illicit” producers to codify their practices into an aboveboard regime.

But of course, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals, despite being in power since 2015, have yet to distinguish between the violent element making up 5% of the industry and the peaceful connoisseur industry that continues to get raided and fined for producing something that’s legal for some but not for others.

Is it criminal for Canada’s 30,000+ licensed medical growers to sell or share their excess supply with others who cannot grow? What’s dangerous about supplying dispensaries with homegrown BC Bud?

As the Star reports, “The efforts of organized crime to control the pot trade have been undermined for the past three decades by “disorganized crime,” according to Alan Young, an associate professor at the Osgoode Hall law school. Many of these are green-thumbed potheads growing marijuana for friends.”

Or as criminologist Neil Boyd says: “They’re really just business people.”

Cannabis connoisseurs don’t rely on violent means, they don’t drive out their competition with guns, they don’t pay off the police or corrupt politicians. In fact, those characteristics are reminiscent of a few large LPs who have masked their violence through the use of government force.

Meanwhile, the legal US states, like Colorado and Washington, have effectively demonstrated that when you make a product legal, there doesn’t need to be a concerted effort by government authorities to “zap up the black market.”

When cannabis is legal, outlaw gangs have little incentive to continue participating in the industry. The money won’t be there.

A lower return on cannabis investments means fewer incentives to break the law.

And everyone agrees — too strict of a regime, with high taxes, undermines the peaceful transition to legal cannabis.

Too much government and the incentive to break the law and supply cannabis in the “black market” remains.

Yet, I’m not too sure Justin’s Liberals understand this.

Aside from their inability to differentiate violent organized crime from “disorganized crime,” there are new Liberal tax policies that seem to indicate that Canadians voted for an “eat the rich” NDP government masquerading as Liberals.

  • Robert Wright

    This takeover by the Liberals and their LP friends was carefully planned long before Trudeau won the election our political system is broken and only the filthy rich profit the rest of us fight for whatever scraps they allow us to have.
    They want us kept down so we are to worried about how to survive while they secretly enslave us sound like futuristic sci fi movie ever see the movie Soylent Green.

  • Turner Kayston

    What the government seems to be doing, is applying the old way of thinking to the problems that the old way of thinking has created. But as Einstein once put it:

    “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

  • Doris

    Caleb has hit the mark once again.

    The criminals are Health Canada’s Licenced Producers who spray 17 pesticides/herbicides on flowering buds as reported by our excellent journalist-cannabis-activist Freddie Pritchard.

    The criminals are Trudeau’s possees for criminalizing poor sick canadians who prefer to grow their own.

    And don’t start me up on LP’s shills like Bubbleman’s Marcus Richardson. The man is a disgrace.

  • Lori

    They have totally ignored the Billion+ Craft Industry that already exists in Canada. BC Bud is the safest on earth and grown for Canadians by Canadians that care. Do Bikers even import Hash anymore? We all have grown up since the days of Mexican cartel weed and true black market international distribution. Our current government’s rant about the black market, and “oh the children” is so out of touch with the current situation, its laughable to people that know better. The laws they are attempting to create will be held accountable in court and further tax the system. I am so tired of Liberals getting everything wrong, this Legalization is already a shambles and the water just gets murkier as they muddle through………..