There’s an old adage in life that “you get what you deserve.” With a Conservative majority government we are seeing that statement unfold in the House of Commons.
Despite the outcry from people (many non-voters) and the media, the Conservatives are ploughing ahead with a draconian crime bill, which will set this country back 35 years. That’s about the time that Richard Nixon announced a ‘war on drugs’ in the United States, which would go on to cost that country mega billions of dollars and whose prison population became 7 times greater per capita than Canada.
Fortunately, the United States has come to its senses and has admitted that the ‘war on drugs’ has been a complete and utter failure, has not reduced crime, and is now releasing many inmates of non-violent crimes. States like Texas are appealing to Canada not to fall in to the same trap of ‘getting tough on crime’, especially when our crime rate is already low!
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The manipulation used to market the H1N1 vaccine around the world last year left global taxpayers holding the bag on billions of dollars paid to Big Pharma, to fight a ‘pandemic’ that never materialized.
It seems though that the rules of the game have changed, as the Global Elite were shocked as they watched the defeat of their vaccination program and a world population that refused to submit to fear tactics.
some people are coming to their senses in regards to the ongoing war in
Afghanistan- a war that has always been illegal because Afghanistan was never a
threat to any foreign country, and therefore should never have been attacked
Colin Kenney, in a special article to the Ottawa Citizen dispels most of the
myths that the public has been swallowing for the past 9 years, and urges an
immediate withdrawal of Canadian forces, and by implication, all NATO troops
Conservatives and their Liberal predecessors have made a colossal mistake in
funding a war that will never be won, and have spent billions of taxpayer
dollars in military spending including costly equipment and deployment.
hundred and fifty Canadian families have lost their loved ones fighting
overseas, and for what? The rallying cry of “Support our Troops” is the biggest
propaganda stunt Canada has been involved in since WW2- a war funded by Wall
Street and the Rockefellers.
Mindelle Jacob’s recent story in Sun Media about the
extradition of Marc Emery for selling marijuana seeds and his imminent 5 year
sentence in the U.S.contains a lot of
relevant information, but unfortunately omits the most crucial argument in what
is becoming another Harper government farce.
Marc Emery, the Prince of Pot has been a marijuana activist
in Canada for more than 20 years, and has been selling mail order marijuana
seeds from Canada, with the full knowledge of the Canadian government.He has paid thousands of dollars in taxes to
the government on the revenue from selling seeds, and Health Canada even
recommended that medical pot patients contact Emery for their supply source.
Some federal politicians in the U.S. seem to be waking up to
the fact that their country has, for years incarcerated at least 5 times as
many people per capita than the rest of the world. At the same time, the war on
drugs has been a dismal failure.America’s jails are overflowing.
When I came across an article by Mindelle Jacobs in the May
12, 2009 edition of the Standard Freeholder, I was astonished by her claim that
the tide is changing in the U.S.and
that the liberalization of marijuana laws may be just around the corner. I
suspect that Harper’sConservatives
must be reeling with this news,getting
their spin doctors primed up, while concurrently proposingamendments in Canada which include a
mandatory 6 month jail sentence for growing even one marijuana plant!Oh, I see. The repressive methods have been
a dismal failure in the U.S. but now we’re going to put people in jail here in
Canada for holding one pot plant. Unbelievable.
I just read Arthur Black’s light-hearted article called “This Country is Going to Pot,” in the Seaway News.
Black reminisces about the history of marijuana in Canada over the past 50 years or so. He’s right about the paranoia that has been perpetuated for so long over the use of pot, including preposterous assertions that pot use causes insanity, devil worship and leads users to outright murder.
This brainwashing worked for a while but now the cat is out of the bag forever. Like alcohol, tobacco and certain prescription drugs, marijuana creates a certain euphoria for the user and over time a dependence can be built up. However, research shows the dependence to be more psychological than physical, unlike the killer dependence of say, heroin or cocaine use.
When school children are smoking up regularly before or at school, we have to recognize the problem for what it is. These children feel such a sense of alienation from society, a sense of not belonging, that they are looking for a mood change and an escape from reality. And the marijuana provides that.
This is not a new phenomenon but it is cause for concern nevertheless. In the 70’s many high school students weaved their way up and down hallways, half stoned and glassy eyed. Unfortunately, regular use of any drug can lead to dependence, and the emotional development of these children is halted. A child using marijuana regularly is on a collision course and intervention is urgently needed.
The same thing could be said with alcohol use. Start feeding alcoholic drinks on a regular basis to a 12-year old, and dependence will eventually set in. However, at least alcohol is regulated which makes it a bit more difficult to obtain. I don’t think alcohol sales are big business in schoolyards.
Canada needs to regulate the use and possession of marijuana, just like it does with alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs. That would take marijuana off the streets, out of the playground, and behind a licensed counter where it can be controlled for quality and price, and the bonus is that government gets to tax it.
What is opening up the debate is that marijuana is finally being recognized for the healing properties it has always had. Marijuana is used to prevent pain, combat Alzheimer’s and reduce nausea in terminally ill patients. These healing properties include relieving stress.
We need to take a look at countries like Holland, which has decriminalized possession and has made marijuana available in the marketplace.
We need a new solution for the 21st century- one that will work. Criminalizing students for smoking pot is not going to get us anywhere, except to tie up the courts and the justice system.