Pubdate: Wed, 08 Feb 2012
Source: Huntsville Forester, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2012 The Huntsville Forester
Author: Russell Barth


RE: Reader says Liberals get it right with promise to legalize
marijuana, Forester Feb. 1 letter to the editor.

As someone who has been up to his eyeballs in pot activism for nine
years, I would classify this Liberal vote to legalize pot as nothing
more than a bamboozle. The delegates did the right thing, but the
party will not. Not one single Liberal candidate has the intelligence
or the guts to campaign on this issue because not one single Liberal
candidate has the intelligence or the guts to explain to a voter what,
exactly, marijuana legalization would even look like! Ask one and see.
They don't want to discuss the issue because they quickly find
themselves in a conversational quagmire that they can't get out of.
The media will also not let them campaign on this issue, as the media
- - in general - has a well-established and long-standing anti-pot and
pro-police bias. The coverage recently of the "pot not as bad as
tobacco" study is a perfect example of that. The media continue to let
people lie about the supposed dangers of pot (already debunked by
science and history), and give th! e "right" a free ride when they
talk wild hyperbole. I am 42 years old and I don't think I will ever
see legalized pot in Canada - and I blame the media. If legal pot ever
does come, it won't come through Parliament, it will come the same way
same sex marriage, abortion, and medical marijuana became legal:
through the courts. But then, there have already been seven court
rulings that have effectively shot down the prohibition on pot, but
the cops, the media, and other judges, simply ignore those rulings,
and busts increase by 10,000 every year. So, really, I see
little-to-no hope here.

Russell Barth, soon-to-be-former federally licensed medical marijuana

Russell Barth 

Nepean, ON
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