Cornwall ON – In life you sometimes have to review your position on issues. You have to take a step back and sometimes leave your ego at the door and be open to arguments and discussions.
As some of you know for a period I was the Green candidate for this riding and one of the reasons I accepted the request to be the candidate was my position on Marijuana. I felt that it should be legalized.
I felt that it was insane to spend as much as we do criminalizing it, and that it was costing taxpayers far too much for a substance that like Alcohol in the US during prohibition, you really couldn’t stop people from using.
But I’m a child of the 60’s and 70’s. The ganja of then isn’t today’s ganja. I still feel that pot should be legalized, but to protect us just as much as to stop wasting tax dollars and police and legal resources.
Today’s dope is much more potent than the fun stuff of my youth. It’s not a gentle buzz anymore. It can be a debilitating wonk to the psyche that can anesthetize a generation. The music; the art; the thinking that people took drugs to elevate themselves to isn’t the same as today’s drugs. It seems that since Crack in the Eighties drugs have elevated their game. We have Oxycontin destroying lives or Hillbilly Heroin as it’s called; we have crack, we have far more sinister drugs today that enslave and harm users rather than give them a surburban high. It’s more BANG than buzz. If George Carlin were alive today I truly wonder what he’d say about today’s weed? It’s like those people that think Chili is good only if the heat is up to 11; but that’s not what it’s about in the end. It’s about tasting it all; feeling it all; hitting higher notes than you normally could.
And that’s not there like it used to be. We need to protect people. When you purchase alcohol it generally tells you the percentage on the container. We need people to know what they are consuming and its relative safety.
If for no other reason than we all pay the price in society when we don’t take care to make sure what people consume is relatively safe.
Pot needs to be controlled and it’s potency and quality labelled just like any other substance.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News