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Divergent Paths on Marijuana

While the Empire fights its futile War on Some Drugs -- a War which is bankrupting many counties and States who have to house the vast numbers of marijuana prisoners -- Canada continues to base its cannabis poilicy on the reality that marijuana is ever more popular with voters. While the Empire continues to treat its adults as naughty children, Canada will move toward decriminalization, recognizing that adults should have the right to enjoy themselves in any way that harms no-one else.

"Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin announced [last] Wednesday that his government will reintroduce a bill that would make possession of less than 15 grams of marijuana a ticketable offense with no criminal record."
At about the same time, Stats Canada released the latest figures on cannabis use:
marijuana-leaf"In 1989, Stats Canada found, 6.5% of Canadians over age 15 admitted using cannabis within the previous year; by 2002, that number had risen to 12.2%, or some three million Canadians. About 10 million Canadians, or one-third of the population, have used marijuana at some point in their lives."
I suspect that this figure is way too low for Vancouver where we now have several cannabis cafes, and that beautiful sweet smell is common in many neighbourhoods.

The Canadian decriminilization bill still contains obnoxious penalties for growing the weed. However, with the results of the last election giving the Liberal Party only a minority position in Parliament, it is possible that the left of centre New Democratic Party could demand even more reform in exchange for its support. We can but hope.

Unfortortunaely, in Europe, there is a chance that progress toward individual freedom may go into reverse.

"A European Union (EU) working group on drug policy has issued a draft resolution identifying marijuana as European drug problem number one and recommending, among other things, that governments move to censor or criminalize Internet sites that provide information on cannabis cultivation or promote its use. "
Dumb, dumb, dumb! Luckily, there seems to be little expectation that such a recommendation will be followed through on. But still, as a leading drug reform group says:
"Perhaps everyone has forgotten about this already, but the main trend behind this resolution will not go away if we just sit and pray."
I read somewhere the other day that increased border security has stalled a lot of shipments of BC bud flowing into the States. This in turn has caused a glut in Vancouver with significant and welcome local price cuts as a result. So, the War on Some Terror hasn't been a total loss!

July 27, 2004 in Canada, Drug War | Permalink

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This is about the only smartest thing Canada has done in the past 30 years. The USA needs to adopt this. As for the homo thingy, nah! that's just plain darwin de-evolution.

Posted by: DAve | Aug 23, 2004 8:02:35 PM

This is about the only smartest thing Canada has done in the past 30 years. The USA needs to adopt this. As for the homo marriage thingy in Canada, nah! that's just plain darwin de-evolution. Canada is too fucking liberal.
When's will it be legal in Canada fuck and marry steers and other animals?

Posted by: DAve | Aug 23, 2004 8:05:32 PM

damn, sorry for all the typos. You'd think I'm high on reefer right now! You get the point as do gays in the buttock

Posted by: D | Aug 23, 2004 8:06:09 PM