Pubdate: Fri, 08 Dec 2017
Source: Goldstream Gazette (Victoria, CN BC)
Copyright: 2017 Black Press


Ever since, and probably long before, the federal Liberals started the
process to legalize marijuana, some people have been equating
legalization with deregulation.

That was never in the cards. Saying 'But it's legal now, mannnnnnn,'
after blowing smoke in a cop's face just isn't going to carry much
weight with him as he confiscates your joint or outfits you with a
pair of pretty silver bracelets.

The announcement this week that B.C.'s Liquor Distribution branch will
have responsibility for distribution of non-medical marijuana
shouldn't have come as a surprise, though it seems it did for many.

Regardless of whatever unproven medical benefits cannabis might have,
it is still, like alcohol, a mind-altering drug. So using an
established framework and distribution system for controlled
substances only makes sense.

When it comes to medical cannabis use, again, don't be surprised when
the government directs that to another established distribution
network: pharmacies.

You were never going to be able to light up at work, in someone else's
home without permission or while walking down the street, any more
than it would be acceptable to crack open a beer in those situations.

Here's another myth to be shot down. Legal pot isn't going to be
cheap. The province isn't likely to tax pot as heavily as cigarettes -
unless they really want to keep the street dealers employed - but
taxes there will be and the now legal growers, most likely big
corporations, are going to want their share too.

Legalizing cannabis is a good thing, but it also means major
limitations on currently the freewheeling production, supply and
distribution of the drug.

Once it's legal, suppliers will also no longer be able to make
unfounded claims - they'll have to prove it to Health Canada.

Because, after all, what we are talking about is a drug.
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