Pubdate: Thu, 24 Aug 2017
Source: North Island Gazette (CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Black Press
Author: Tyson Whitney


The revenue from legal marijuana sales will be used to address public
health and addictions issues.

I'm talking about marijuana in case anyone is confused by that brash
opening statement.

With the federal government looking at doing just that by 2018, I'm
going to go on the record and say I personally am all for it because
of the economic activity involved in the decision.

Legalization could add as much as five billion dollars a year in tax
revenues to the federal and provincial governments.

Trudeau has even gone on record saying the revenue from legal
marijuana sales will be used to address public health and addictions

And for those wondering, no, I don't smoke it. I'm more of a nice cold
beer on a sunny afternoon kind of guy.

With that out of the way, let's first take a little trip down memory
lane and get educated on the history of marijuana in Canada, which is
a very interesting topic that is shrouded in mystery.

First outlawed in Canada in 1923, 14 years before the US ever made the
drug illegal, the history books seemingly don't have any recorded
parliamentary debate regarding why it was even made illegal in the
first place.


There were also no recorded police seizures of marijuana in Canada
until 1932.

Even more bizarre.

Which begs the question, why was it made illegal in the first place
before it was ever deemed a "social problem"?

So bizarre my brain can't handle it.

My research hasn't turned up any answers to this conundrum, but maybe
a helpful Gazette reader will send a letter to the editor that
explains why it was originally outlawed here.

Anyways, enough history.

I spoke with our North Island-Powell River Member of Parliament Rachel
Blaney about the subject recently when she stopped by our office to
say hello.

Blaney confirmed she has never smoked marijuana, not even once in her
entire life, which I found to be a really admirable decision on her
part, especially when you consider things like social interaction at
parties and the inevitable peer pressure that comes with it.

Blaney also said the provincial governments/municipalities across
Canada will have a lot of work to do before legalization finally happens.

The District of Port Hardy is leading the way here on the North Island
in that regard. They held their first marijuana planning committee
meeting last Wednesday, and according to Gazette reporter Hanna
Petersen who was in attendance, it went really well.

Information was presented, discussion was had, and solid decisions
were made.

I applaud the District for being proactive and taking a serious look
at this subject. This is an issue every municipality needs to be on
top of.

2018 is approaching quick, and decisions need to be made so that
change can actually happen.
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