Many Canadians took Justin Trudeau on his word and elected a Liberal MP.

A year later, we’re still waiting for “incidental possession and consumption.”

The voters of California, Nevada, and Massachusetts, on the other hand, at least knew what they were voting for on Tuesday.

For example, even though you have to pay fees to the state, Californians will be able to grow their own cannabis.

Massachusetts and Nevada also legalized six plants for personal use.

The people of these states realized that legalization means more than just incidental possession and consumption. Legalization means growing your own medicine, like brewing your own beer, or harvesting your own fruits and vegetables.

But dialogue in the apparent True North, strong and free, isn’t as welcoming.

Here’s what Cannabis Canada, the association of licensed cannabis producers, sent the federal Liberal Task Farce:

“Home cultivation and designated growing, whether for medical or non-medical marijuana, need close oversight and regulation to prevent past abuses from reoccurring.”

What past abuses? The ones already discredited by the Allard ruling?

The LPs of this association say the government must make a “thoughtful and careful approach” to the cultivation question.

You mean, legalization doesn’t already imply personal growing?

Must only government decide whether cultivation “adds value to the system in contrast to the risks it presents?”

What are the risks of growing a cannabis plant?

Are the time and energy spent regulating personal growing worth the cost of having people do it?

Couldn’t these “necessary” make-work projects be provided in the private sector, where wealth is produced?

If “home cultivation and designated growing are complicated and costly to implement and to oversee,” then what can government do about it?

Coerce people into acting a certain way? It worked so well with prohibition.

What common denominator are “policy-makers” using to judge whether personal growing will “add value” to the system?

Of course, personal growing will add value to the system. Or, is state engineering vis-à-vis the rights of Canadians who consume cannabis the desired outcome?

Balancing Charter rights with the legislation? Sure, there are plenty of lawyers ready to pounce on any infringements.

But there are also property rights inherent in our humanity as a species. A priori truths independent of the scientific method synthesized by Karl Popper.

If LPs can grow but Ottawa prohibits private-property owners from growing for private use, they are asking for populist backlash.

The kind Señor Trudeau saw from trying to nationalize Alberta’s oil.

So when LPs and governments ask whether home cultivation “adds value to the system,” they better also ask themselves whether a conflict with BC Bud can be averted.

Otherwise, they’re asking for a Trump—Brexit style response. Cannabis connoisseurs are quite literal about freeing the weed.

After all, it’s all got a bunch of medical and industrial uses, and if the campaign cry of democratic governments are “jobs, jobs, jobs!” — like some Soviet central plan — then best to free the hemp market entirely.

  • bob

    very well said….but of course you are insane…..definition of insanity…..doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,,,,,rather than trying to predict what the FARCE will do …..we just need to look at their past performance…which has been to consistently ignore the demands of the voters and do pretty much the most ignorant thing they can do…

    i think to expect anything different this time is well….. INSANE

    if the Morons back east do as they always have done……a backlash will occur…as a highly active producer and activist of 50 years it is ONCE AGAIN my fervent wish that BC will separate from the pile of sycophantic morons that feel they ave the right to foist their beliefs on us and when they can steal our hard work when it benefits them and their mangers..


    before we the OLD GUARD pass on i hope the new ones will see the INSANITY of negotiating and just leave Confederation…we have been abused by the eastern morons????? well we have allowed them to abuse us…who are the morons???? us??? and use the big hills of the Rockies as a dividing line..

    Canada has been a leader in Cannabis Activity for decades and to see the US citizens get a better shake than us is abhorrent to me….

    we will not tolerate this for long i hope and we will continue the struggle for the rights of the individual to supersede the ignorance of the politicians..who really are just PR reps for big industry

    they take the shit when in office …. they steal from the people and then get the goodies when out of office….such bullshit

  • bob

    one very distinct difference in our
    political system as opposed to the US ]

    is they have some control over their politicians once they are elected…Nixon being a prime example…..and they have some control over local and state policy which is obvious due to states legalizing within their sphere of influence….

    here in Canada they lie to us,,,,,,,, we vote them in hoping they will live up to their lies..when they do not we have no ability to force them…so we vote them out in the next election and the new group of lowlifes do it to us again…..BC got behind nixing the HST and we can do it again…

    as all our power as the electoral has been taken from us…..we need a complete rebuild of the system..

    you can be sure the sycophants will never vote to remove their stranglehold on our society….

    the places doing what the people want are the ones with locally managed Victoria and Vancouver…..not jackbooted by the federal enforcers i.e. rcmp….

    so it is so fucking obvious that separation of BC is the only way we have some say in how we manage our personal needs…

    someone with enough intelligence and CHARISMA needs to step up to the plate and move this forward…

    asshole like BB and other scummy lawyers on the FARCE that we hope will treat us honourably ..welll good luck with that…