Pubdate: Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Source: Terrace Standard (CN BC)
Copyright: 2016 Terrace Standard


ONE thing is clear: there won't be any winners in the ongoing
marijuana dispute until the federal government comes up with some
concrete answers on what the public is or is not allowed to access and
who they're allowed to get it from.

We sympathize with the people who are using marijuana as medicine for
chronic issues.

Some say it's the only relief they've found in years of trying
different prescriptions or strategies to manage their pain or symptoms.

We understand that for those people, the crackdown on dispensaries
will drive them to find underground sources. In some ways, the
unwillingness of the authorities to turn a blind eye to businesses
selling controlled doses of the chemical in the form of tinctures,
oils and consumables, actually supports the independent dealers and
black market - the "real criminals," some would call them.

On the other side of the coin, however, who gets to decide which laws
the authorities should uphold?

If a law is bad, we need to have the law changed, not complain that
the authorities are upholding it.

Next month, the feds are expected to come to the table with
legislation surrounding access to marijuana for medicinal purposes, at
which point we should have some answers and can actually move forward
in a productive manner instead of having everyone yelling at each
other about whether it's a waste of taxpayer dollars to enforce the

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