Article by Caleb McMillan, Cannabis Life Network
British Columbia’s Health Officer, Dr. Perry Kendall, is on the legalization task farce.
Never-mind why BC would need a “Health Officer,” this man, like so many others on the panel, is keen on restricting marketing and advertising.
“I think my recommendation to the task force will be to have the kind of ban on advertising that we have for tobacco products in Canada, and not to be nearly as promotional as we are with alcohol at the present time.”
Why? Because we might hurt someone’s feelings?
Cannabis is safer than alcohol and tobacco. Nowhere in its history are lethal overdoses, a high probability of killing people while driving, or the creation of such a dependency that it destroys personal and social relationships.
Alcohol is openly destructive. There isn’t even a comparison.
Kendall is playing to people’s emotions and the irrational thinking behind them.
Like Tweed’s Mark Zekulin says, “People think it went too far (in Colorado). I don’t know if there were billboards, but there was probably too much cannabis in people’s faces. I’m not sure Canadians necessarily want to see that.”
Who is to say? Provinces? Municipalities, local civic associations, and private property owners?
Or the federal government which consists of politicians in Ottawa making decisions for 35 million people spread over 9 million square kilometres?
Kendall is throwing his own provincial economy under the bus. The same private-sector capital that sustains his tax-dependent job.
BC Bud plays a critical role in British Columbia’s economy, bringing in billions of dollars and thousands of jobs. Not to mention the positive externalities of the trade.