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Legalisation of Cannabis and The Mill on the Hill

http://ipolitics.ca/2017/04/15/liberal-push-to-legalize-pot-not-changing-young-minds/

“‘Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn’t changed since the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan — though they say it’s made them more aware of information on both sides of the debate.

Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and those aged 18 and over will be able to buy and grow a small amount of the drug for themselves.

But even as marijuana becomes more mainstream, several teens said their opinions about the drug have remained the same.

Julio Gonzales, 19, said he enjoys using marijuana in moderation, and he doesn’t expect that to change — even smoking pot feels less rebellious than it once did.”

Some things are driven by money. The concern expressed by politicians for public health is often thin rationale rather than actual purpose. If young people want to do anything, a law won’t prevent their action or dissuade their desire.

Legalisation of cannabis is one of those things. It won’t reduce costs of policing; it will strain budgets as enforcement is increased. Illegal weed will still exist with a ‘black market’ willing to sell for prices below the going rate, whatever that turns out to be. Organised crime will continue, largely unaffected.

Legalisation will raise revenue, lots of it, though the increased costs of licensing producers, and law enforcement will bite into that revenue. Social costs, much like alcoholism, will prove to be more significant than politicians and voters may imagine.

It seems to me that pot is the gateway drug, in more ways than one; once legal, the push to legalise all illegal drugs will intensify. Thankfully, I won’t be alive to see that day.   

In the comments below the article, I found a perceptive assessment about legalisation written by someone who calls herself ‘diane marie.’  Her remarks are more insightful than the article. 

A person on Twitter gave me the link to a report undertaken in Ontario. It indicated that drug use in the high school years is down and has been declining since 1999. I have to say that this surprised me. The pot crowd is beyond whiny. They’re on Twitter whining about everything – while vocal, I suspect that they are a small minority. There’s a cult-like, religious quality to their efforts. Their high priest and priestess are the Emerys and they are as disciples. They define themselves in pot terms and run around promoting its use, advocating for it, claiming that it’s a panacea for everything. It’s almost that they need a Twelve Step Program – not for the drug itself but for their addiction to the pot culture. It’s not an accident, I guess, that the Emerys style their business as Cannabis Culture. 

I realise that the legislation will take the customary path through committees and the Senate, where amendments may be made and where there may be some resistance to ‘pot culture’ but it will likely pass into law anyway, pushed through ‘the mill on the Hill’ by majority government with a lust for money, investment, and re-election.  At least, let’s admit that much.

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