Whereas the real culprit is likely tobacco, which you only have to be 18 to buy, the idea that adults between 18 and 24 lack the same rights as someone over 25 is ludicrous.
For insurance purposes, sometimes you need to be 25 to rent a car. This is a market-based restriction due to young people’s inexperience behind the wheel.
Car rental companies and insurance companies must operate by profit and loss accounting. They can’t accommodate a class that will compromise their bottom-line.
Governments don’t operate by such restrictions. The tax-man never stops collecting.
Excluding anyone under 25 from cannabis sales isn’t based on market experience, but the opinions of health-care busybodies who feel they have a duty to influence people’s bodies and lives through state coercion.
When it comes to cannabis, after years of stigmatization and promotion of pharmaceutical-models, these health care workers should have little-to-no authority on what constitutes “best practice.”
But are there any doctors out there prescribing cannabis for asthma?
Or would the College of Physicians and Surgeons nip that it the butt? Threaten to revoke and publicly ridicule any doctor that dares venture outside the 3×5 card of allowable opinion?
Labelling cannabis edibles is not a bad idea. But putting the state in charge is asking for trouble, as we’ve seen in Colorado, where the warnings and packaging are more severe than they are for alcohol.
Will Canada follow suit? Most likely, I wouldn’t be surprised if the legalization task farce recommends plain-packaging and zero tolerance on advertising.
Remember that next time you see an ad for beer, or when a child’s seizures stop because he or she consumed a potent cannabis edible.