The New Liberal Marijuana Party
The Liberal Party of Canada under
its new leader, Justin Trudeau, rejected any possibility that to gain
traction against the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, it would consider a merge with the New Democratic Party. It is
the NDP that nudged aside the Liberals from official opposition status,
gaining more seats within the Liberals' traditional source of power
within the country, leaving the Liberals in a pathetic third place after
its 2006 meltdown and a succession of leaders who were unable to
enthuse Canadian voters.
Justin Trudeau, however,
that's another matter altogether. He has panache, youth, an infectious
personality and appeal, along with the propensity to speak whatever
comes to mind, incautiously, which might represent a fault in anyone
else, but endears him to the public. His frank, uncalled-for admission
that he smoked pot with friends while a sitting MP, and his later
interview where he spoke of his intention to see marijuana legalized and
taxed just like any other recreational drug reveals his platform, it
would seem. A decision to link his party with the Marijuana Party.
the state of the Canadian economy remains top of mind to most Canadians
thinking ahead toward the future, and is the top consideration of the
current Conservative-led government, Justin Trudeau hasn't much to say
about the economy and how he and his party would undertake measures
according to a well-thought-out plan of action to ensure its ongoing
robust condition. He feels, he has more or less stated, that to set out
his position on the economy is premature.
position on an important social message on make marijuana legally
available to all who wish to use it, while at the same time protecting
young Canadians from its prevalence much as is done with tobacco, is of
prime importance, is being addressed, and is causing quite a stir in the
public. There will be job creation in establishing legal and
large-scale marijuana production facilities.
present time, just coincidentally, plans are afoot that a medical
marijuana facility be opened at an old abandoned chocolate factory.
Wonka would love that one. Two treats; chocolate failed, but marijuana
seems a winner; take your pick. More presumably modest plans for the
production of medical marijuana, but once the law establishes that
marijuana should be seen not as a gateway drug to more dangerous illegal
drugs like cocaine, but nothing different than smoking a cigarette or
having a drink, then production can be ramped up, the facilities
expanded, and a larger work staff taken on.
the old Hershey chocolate plant in Smiths Falls for an initial
production staff of 100 employees is a start, one that makes the mayor
of Smiths Falls fairly ecstatic for the future of his hard-done-by
"It's going to happen somewhere in Canada, our community of Smiths
Falls -- population 9.000 -- have lost 1,700 jobs in the last five or
six years. Our doors are open to try and attract new investment and more
fundamentally, recreate and re-establish some of the jobs that have
been lost here."
speaking glowingly of the revelation that Tweed Inc. plans to use
180,000 square feet of the 470,000 former Hershey chocolate plant
complex located in Smiths Falls, and empty of any kind of production
since 2008. It was due for demolition if Icon International couldn't
"We've been shaking the trees and looking in the bushes for the last
five or six years ... to try and find a user, but it's such a large
, said Mayor Dennis Staples.
look no more. The town's saviour has arrived. And the Canadian public
is about to be extremely well served and serviced. About 30,000
Canadians have been prescribed, up to the present time, the use of
medical marijuana for health and pain-relief purposes, according to
Health Canada. Tweed, the company that proposes to locate its facilities
in Smiths Falls, foresees operating at full capacity as soon as its
operation is set up and fully functional.
appropriate, given the circumstances; its corporate team has a handful
of ties to the Liberals. Its founder and CEO, Chuck Rifici currently
serves as the chief financial officer for the national Liberal Party's
board of directors. "It seems Justin Trudeau's focus is on legalizing marijuana..."
, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper's deputy director of communications.
And, added Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney of the issue of the new plant opening, recently come to his attention: "[Chuck
Rifici] plans to open a massive medical marijuana operation in rural
Ontario, while the Liberal leader champions marijuana legalization."
Something seems to be questionable in the State of Canadian Affairs;
values, priorities, ethics and awareness of the greater social good.
the economy is, after all, being highlighted, it appears. For Tweed
Inc. Chairman, Bruce Linton was a past president of the Carleton
University Students Association. Posters have appeared at Carleton
extolling legalization, claiming that two-thirds of all Canadians have a
wish to legalize or decriminalize marijuana. The Young Liberals of
Canada provided those posters on campus "to engage youth in a conversation about the legalization of marijuana"
, according to Liberal communications manager Andree-Lyne Halle.
the hearts and minds and voting fervour of young Canadians through
appealing not to their sense of mature democratic responsibility, but
their partying instincts. The posters include a code linking with a "Join the Party"
website with a message: "The Liberal Party of Canada wants to treat Canadians like adults. Prohibition has failed, let's create a smarter way."
Those disagreeing are most obviously socially immature.
Belanger smokes a quarter-pound joint on Parliament Hill in Ottawa,
April 20, 2013. Thousands of people crowded onto Parliament Hill to mark
the event known as 4/20, an annual rally calling for the legalization
of marijuana. Photograph by: Chris Roussakis
fact that one of Justin Trudeau's first policy priorities is legalizing
marijuana demonstrates that he does not have the judgement to be prime
; a statement issued by Conservative party officials. "With absolutely no economic policy, Justin Trudeau's highest priority remains legalizing marijuana"
, added Mr. Blaney, Minister of Public Safety. "Canadians deserve to know why Justin Trudeau wants to make it easier for children to access drugs"
it is currently, the possession and use of marijuana other than for
medicinal purposes remains illegal in Canada. It is used, despite that,
by so many people that considering legalizing its use might represent a
issue whose time has come, quite apart from the status as a subject of
primary importance it is given by the Mr. Trudeau and the Liberals.
Criminal penalties accruing to those arrested or threatened by the law
for casual use seems outdated.
On the other hand, marijuana use by Canadian teens "is among the highest in the world"
according to the Canadian Public Health Association. And the issue of
whether, when, how and why there might be harm in its ongoing, long-time
and over-use still has not been adequately settled by medical science.
Its use or misuse can become a problem with operating a motor vehicle.
Its effect on the still-maturing brain remains another issue.
is not a simple matter with a simple answer. But nor is it an issue
that should be top of the agenda for a major federal political party to
solve in advance of other high-priority issues facing the country today.
Peace Tower is reflected in the sunglasses of a woman as she she
celebrates 4/20 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, April 20, 2013. Thousands
of people crowded onto Parliament Hill to mark the event known as 4/20,
an annual rally calling for the legalization of marijuana. Photograph by: Chris Roussakis
Labels: Canada, Controversy, Drugs, Health, Politics of Convenience, Social-Cultural Deviations