While I do understand the reasoning behind legalizing marijuana, I
believe that the public health risks outweigh the legislative
benefits. It can cause impairment of both perception and motor skills.
These factors need to be functional to ensure safe driving. A likely
outcome of legalizing marijuana is that it may lead to greater
incidents of accidents - and possible deaths - due to intoxication. We
are already working towards mitigating deaths due to alcohol, adding
marijuana to the mix poses an additional liability to public safety.
(People shouldn't drive drunk or stoned.)
Anyone who has visited Amsterdam or Seattle has a good idea of what
marijuana legalization will do the degradation of inner city, with
stoned young people all over the place.
Sadly, Trudeau's theory that legalization of marijuana is the best way
to keep it away from young people, by keeping organized crime out of
black-market sales, is right out of fantasyland.
Everywhere it has been legalized organized criminal groups have
quickly gotten involved to take part in huge profits and little risk
of serious jail time. In Ontario, OC already have networks in place to
distribute cigarettes and other commodities, meaning selling pot will
be an easy transition. Recent arrests of Hell Angels involved in
blackmarket sales of medical marihuana show how out of touch Trudeau's
views are with reality.
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Re: Fat chance pot bill will do any good, DiManno, April 13
Thank you, Rosie DiManno. You raise a serious concern about the impact
the legalization of marijuana will have on our youth.
It is basically legitimizing a drug that is harmful for adolescents at
the same time as telling them that their parents can grow four plants
in your home, can smoke up, etc.
But you can't have any, unless you find another source.
Today's youth have been finding another source for many years and,
considering that our youth are among the highest users in the world,
they have been very successful at it.
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Re Liberals introduce long-awaited bill to legalize marijuana, April
As a pedestrian and school crossing guard, I find the legalization of
marijuana a frightening proposition. Marijuana, like alcohol, is an
intoxicant known to impair users' judgment.
Spot checks are regularly done to ensure drivers' and pedestrian
safety when alcohol impairment is suspected. Will the government
ensure the same controls are in place when the marijuana legislation
How many drivers will be charged with endangering the public because
of a foggy disposition caused by smoking pot? How many
pedestrians/drivers will be their victims? Time will tell.
Ida Fedor-Baan, Toronto
I have not in my lifetime seen a more irresponsible political decision
than the legalization of marijuana. More addictions on the way. More
overdoses. More impaired driving. More deaths. More young people who
never get the chance to get their lives on track to success, due to
introduction to drugs before they understand the damage they can do.
Young people need to be encouraged to deal with life with clear heads,
not drink or self-medicate when problems confront them. And any talk
that legalization will lead to more responsible drug use, or that
fewer young people will use drugs, is nonsense.
Sadly, our political leaders are the biggest addicts in our country -
addicted to finding new sources of tax revenue, no matter the cost.
Rick Lockman, Orillia
The Atlantic provinces have some blue-sky thinking to do, and not much
time to do it. Or more to the point: maybe they have some blue-smoke
thinking to be doing.
Last week, the federal government announced its plans to legalize
marijuana and, in so doing, threw the ball into the provincial court.
The provinces will have the final say on how weed will be marketed in
their regions, and also on things like the minimum age of purchasers.
And that's only the beginning. In fact, the provinces have more than a
little heavy lifting of their own to do in the 15 months before the
federal government's changed rules become law.
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Irony, hypocrisy and cops. Nothing good can come from this trio when
all three are put in play.
On Monday morning, for example, with no reference to his late father
being the moving force behind it, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
released a statement celebrating the 35th anniversary of Canada's
Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
"I remind Canadians that we have no task greater than to stand on
guard for another's liberties," said Trudeau.
"The words enshrined in the Charter are our rights, freedoms, and -
above all - our collective responsibility."
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Tweets take aim at Ottawa
Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barrette took to social media on Sunday
to complain that Ottawa's marijuana legalization drops plenty of
responsibilities on the provinces but little in the way of money.
Barrette, who has been decidedly cool to the Trudeau government's plan
to legalize recreational marijuana use, wrote on his Twitter account
that "Fed Libs political anthem: High visibility, low cost (to them).
Always. Latest example? Pot legalization."
The minister then went on to muse over whether the provinces should get
a share of any federal tax revenue generated by legal marijuana sales,
writing "Pot: all consequences and responsibilities being imposed on PTs
shoulders shouldn't fed taxes also be transferred to PTs!"
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As an employer and father, Benjamin Anson is alarmed
As an employer and father to three young children, I am alarmed by the
federal government's plan to legalize marijuana.
There is already a deadly opioid crisis underway, but the government
remains fixated on making marijuana freely available. The legalization
of marijuana is a far more drastic, normalizing step than
decriminalization would ever be.
Legalization will encourage marijuana use, thereby putting all
Canadians at risk.
Marijuana is already being openly marketed in anticipation of
legalization. If this statement sounds far-fetched, then look out for
the billboards that already loom over Montreal streets advertising a
website that indicates where marijuana can be bought.
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Longtime advocate says legalization process puts 'fox in charge of hen
Jodie Emery fought the law and the law won.
At least, that's the short version of how things went down when Emery
and her husband Marc tried to open five illegal marijuana dispensaries
in Montreal last December.
Hours after the dispensaries' carnival-like grand opening, the Emerys
were in handcuffs and police shut down all of their storefronts.
Though Emery had escaped the initial crackdown, undercover officers
caught up to her at a downtown hotel.
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The vibe at this year's 420 rally in London will be more celebration
Hundreds of marijuana activists plan to gather Thursday at Victoria
Park for the yearly event that champions cannabis culture and pushes
for the drug's legalization.
Held on April 20 in cities across North America, the event comes on
the heels of the federal government introducing its long-awaited
legislation to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use.
With pot set to be legal next year, combined with last year's
hands-off police approach at Victoria Park, London organizers say
they're expecting the largest turnout in recent years.
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Legalizing pot is trickier than it looks, and the Prime Minister might
soon be wondering if the hassle is worth the price
Justin Trudeau's vow to legalize marijuana - made without much
thinking, one suspects - was one of his signature campaign promises.
It was intended to brand his party as progressive, youthful and
enlightened. And the time seemed right. Most Canadians agree that it's
time to make it legal.
But when the government unveiled its long-awaited legislation - on the
eve of a long weekend - our hip Prime Minister was nowhere in sight.
He left the job to a bunch of hatchet-faced ministers, who grimly
assured us that this was going to be all about law and order and harm
reduction, not fun. Clearly, the government hoped that everyone would
get distracted by the holiday and move on.
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