Cannabis Law Review – Cannabis | weed | marijuana
Justin Trudeau’s hashtag government is finally reviewing the cannabis law – a year late.
You want to know: Was the legalization of cannabis successful?
Not in the sense that it has worked for those who buy, sell, and use cannabis. No, according to the Liberal Cannabis Act, the review must focus on indigenous people, home cultivation and whether legalization has helped children.
After all, it was never about your right to your body. Post COVID it is clear that freedom does not exist. It is a privilege granted whenever the corporate state sees fit.
According to Justin’s health secretary, this review will be “inclusive” and “evidence-based”. And the result will “strengthen the law so that it meets the needs of all Canadians while crowding out the illicit market.”
You can see the problem here.
Review of cannabis law – a year late.
Cannabis law review is a year late. Liberals said they would do it three years after legalization. Still, here it is.
A few federal ministers announced how the Liberals would review the cannabis law. As with the Legalization Task farce, there will be an “expert panel” chaired by retired career bureaucrat Morris Rosenberg.
Rosenberg is popular across the board. Everyone expects him to do a competent job.
And he could. But all recommendations can be ignored by Justin Trudeau’s hashtag government. Reviewing the cannabis law cannot produce positive results for anyone.
The government has not named the other members of the “panel of experts”.
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The problem with reviewing the cannabis law is that the law itself calls for “dual objectives of protecting public health and maintaining public safety.”
“Public health” means more of the same political phrase regarding the alleged harms and effects of cannabis on children and tribal peoples. Interesting that the federal government needs to hold these two identity groups by the hand.
I thought children had parents and mentors who looked after them. And aren’t indigenous people free, grown-up people?
This is why Justin Trudeau’s government is a hashtag government. They care more about looks and sound bytes than substance – they feign sincerity.
And this causes real destruction.
Look at the amount of plastic waste the cannabis law has created. Combined with face masks surfacing in the ocean, fertilizer regulations and not building pipelines, Justin Trudeau’s hashtag government has been a net negative for the environment.
Justin, his cronies and supporters don’t understand that fossil fuels are necessary to get off fossil fuels. You cannot dictate consumer demand and expect the market to follow.
This hubris is why the illegal cannabis market still exists.
The “public health” approach to cannabis keeps BC Bud from going overboard.
Bureaucratic hurdles need to be removed and legalization refocused away from “public health” and towards a viable commercial industry.
The federal government doesn’t care what Canadians do with their bodies.
Cannabis Law Review: 18 months later
Not only is the cannabis law review a year late, but they expect the “panel of experts” will take 18 months to complete.
The problem is that many smaller manufacturers will not survive under the current excise regime.
The government did not reward those who tried to play by the rules.
And that’s the problem in brief. If you want to drive out the “black market,” you need to make it worthwhile for those people to get licenses.
But when even the major licensed producers are complaining about an apparently restricted regime, what incentive does BC Bud have?
The cannabis law review means an “expert” panel will spend 18 months and hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars focusing in the wrong direction.
Fortunately, the panel will hear from the cannabis industry and the general public, in addition to key public health stakeholders.
So there is an opportunity to turn the tide. Steer the narrative away from concerns about kids, edibles, and home growing to excise taxes and a bloated bureaucracy.
Ottawa does not license craft brewers in British Columbia. It has nothing to do with doing the same for cannabis.