“What is the meaning of this!?” you demand.
“Um, yeah…” says the officer, “Some people out west – we heard – drove too fast, or, maybe didn’t stop correctly, or drove with an expired permit or something… so no more cars for anyone, period.”
Puzzled, you would likely say “But I didn’t do anything wrong with my car! Why should I have to lose my car because someone else might have done something wrong with theirs?!”
“Um….. because of safety and stuff…?” the officer sighs. He then adds “Listen – you got a problem with this, you call your MP or something, `k? In the meantime, you have to use public transit.”
Then the prices are all fixed – to favor the transit companies because you have no choice – at about four to eight times what it was normally costing you to drive around every month.
Does this scenario seem crazy to you? Well, this is pretty much exactly what is happening to licensed medical marijuana growers – with your tax dollars and in your name. Not only will this policy harm sick people, it further subsidizes illegal growers and gangsters.
Over 20,000 Canadians – most of whom have never violated the terms of their licenses – will lose their constitutionally-established right to grow their own medicine or have a designated person grow it for them. The 164 page regulations were issued on June 19, and can be read here:
The result of this policy will likely be huge numbers of busts and expensive court battles, all at your expense. A gigantic class-action suit is already in the works, and your tax dollars will pay to fight against that, too. And that is just the ones that I know about!
Meanwhile, sick people will have to get their medicine from a limited number of licensed growers at prices four to eight times what it had been costing them to grow their own. Otherwise, they can buy from that kid on Rideau Street.
It should be noted that the regulations have been unconstitutional for over a decade – as is the prohibition which they prop up, so people, really, are morally obligated to violate the terms of these onerous and humiliating “licenses” to be sick.
Russell Barth is an Ottawa area activist and educator.
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