Ottawa ON – There was a buzz on Capitol Hill Tuesday April 20th at approximately 4:20 PM. If Stephen Harper was around he probably had an urge to nibble on a really good brownie with walnuts, and drink some cream soda as the cloud a wafting through the hallowed halls of political thoughts and force were detoured for a brief period of time.
You see 4:20 has a significant meaning if you’re an advocate, fan, or simply knowledgeable about Marijuana. It’s essentially the national day for pot smokers, tokers, and pancake eaters world wide.
a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the Waldos – by virtue of their chosen hang-out spot, a wall outside the school – coined the term in 1971.
The code often creeps into popular culture and mainstream settings. All of the clocks in Pulp Fiction, for instance, are set to 4:20. In 2003, when the California legislature codified the medical marijuana law voters had approved, the bill was named SB420.
The origins of 4:20 have been debated, but this much is true. It’s probably time for Canada to lead instead of mimic the US and legalize Marijuana; and for many good and conservative reasons.
Quality. Our people are in danger. Today’s Mary Jane isn’t the sixties or seventies. Hydroponics and whacked out freaky growers have bred stronger weed. If the back of your head feels like it’s swelling and hot you probably are smoking some of this killer ganja.
As well, due to the cat and mouse game with the law, a crop can sometimes not be properly processed. Fertilizers need to be stopped well before harvest or there can be residue in the plants.
Taxes. Good gosh when we’re closing hospital beds here in Cornwall Ontario and talking about sending hundreds of patients and their families scurrying to Ottawa for treatment that should be done locally a few billion dollars per year would come in handy just about now.
The War on Drugs. The War on Drugs is simply about bumping up budgets for law enforcement and feeding the legal machine. The amounts of money chasing bad guys, arresting bad guys, processing bad guys, housing bad guys, and then having bad guys eventually get released and start the problem again just isn’t good for business unless you’re part of the system of dealing with bad guys.
The rest of us end up with pointlessly large bills to pay when those dollars could be much better spent on education, housing, Medicare, and infrastructure.
Government’s around the world have tackled vices. The Government, which allegedly is us; rakes in billions on alcohol and tobacco taxes. Billions more come in via gambling. None of the arguments that I’ve heard against the legalization, standardization, and taxation of Marijuana stand especially if you look at other substances.
In Canada now there’s only one Federal Party that supports the legalization of Marijuana and that’s the Green Party of Canada. The NDP support Decriminalization, but that’s only going half way and while eliminating some of the cost; doesn’t resolve many of the more important issues relevant to the Marijuana Industry. Kudos for them at least having the cojones to actually discuss the subject without getting their undergarments twisted.
What do you think Canada? Is it time to end the hypocrisy and move forward? You can post your comments below.
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