Article by Judith Stamps, Daily Hive
Under prohibition, any non-medical use of cannabis is drug abuse, and thus abnormal.
Is it possible upon the stroke of midnight on a given day, say, October 17, 2018, for the abnormal to become normal? No, it isn’t.
This fact can be seen clearly from our authorities’ public messages. Trudeau holds that he aims neither to please cannabis consumers, nor to normalize its use. Manitoba’s Health Minister says that his province will not be normalizing the substance. Quebec’s Liberal Party states that it aims to combat normalization. Prince Edward Island’s Liberals wish to prevent normalizing cannabis without stigmatizing it, whatever that means. And recent photos of a soon-to-be cannabis shop in Nova Scotia moved Dalhousie psychology professor, Simon Sherry, to pen a letter of protest to Health Canada. Why? The shop is classifying its strains as soothing, calming or centring, which, Sherry says, normalizes them.
Beyond these statements, four provinces, BC, Alberta, Quebec, and Nova Scotia, and two territories, North West Territories and Nunavut, will allow public smoking or vaping only on select strips of sidewalk, where cigarettes are currently permitted. The rest are restricting it to private residences, and effectively to nowhere at all in those provinces with landlords and strata councils that forbid it.
Ontario plans to have no physical cannabis shops until April 2019. Meanwhile, law enforcement is ramping up its numbers, and DUI tests stand at the ready.
Statistics Canada tells us that one in seven Canadians is a recreational cannabis consumer. It’s hard to avoid thinking that a portion of the rest has seen a few too many horror films, and fully expects one of their plots to come to life just in time for Halloween.