“Tax and regulate” means creating conditions where the rich and politically well-connected have a competitive advantage over smaller firms with less capital and fewer political strings to pull.
Legalization is simple, take it out of the criminal code. But the Trudeau government is purposely dragging its feet while the RCMP finish the job the Harper government tasked them with.
Harper didn’t have the political capital to destroy BC Bud.
The Allard injunction stopped the LPs in their tracks, while the former Prime Minister’s unpopularity reminded us that politicians in Ottawa shouldn’t be dictating rules to free, consenting adults in British Columbia or elsewhere.
Now, all of that has changed.
People are once again looking to Ottawa politicians and bureaucrats for guidance on local issues.
While Stephen Harper embodied disgust and dishonesty, Justin Trudeau is the same iron fist but wrapped in a velvet glove.
Trudeau commands trust and patience, while the police continue to fight the drug war, and the LPs continue to expand their markets at the only “legal” supply.