Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party were never going to legalize cannabis. That was a rumor started by bad media coverage and activism that viewed voting as an effective means for change.
Right from the get-go — Liberal legalization was about removing incidental possession from the criminal code, creating a statist regulatory framework, and issuing harsher rules and stricter sentences for those who fall outside of this framework.
Of course, that’s a milder form of prohibition, not legalization.
Legalization is removing cannabis from the criminal code, or, ideally, scraping the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act altogether since it’s not the government’s job to dictate what you can put in your own body.
Legalization is pardoning all cannabis criminals and handing the responsibility to the provinces, who hopefully then hand the responsibility to municipalities, who hopefully then dissolve into privately-held homesteaded shares, but I digress.
If we don’t need the federal government involved with cannabis legalization, what should the provinces do?
In this scenario, the provincial government decides how and where consumers will access cannabis and then auctions off these new licenses to producers, vendors, and other parties.
Perhaps a better model would be recognizing homesteading rights by pardoning cannabis records.
When BC Bud can “come out” of the gray market and engage openly and peacefully with the BC economy, as they’ve been doing underground for decades, then we’ve successfully solved the prospect of cannabis legalization without empowering one group over another.
And wasn’t that hegemony the root problem of cannabis prohibition?