The leader of the federal Marijuana Party, who for decades advocated for the legalization of cannabis, has now found himself in a peculiar position of being a critic against it.
It’s a weird twist of fate Blair Longley is coming to terms with now that the Liberal government has come through on its election promise to legalize and regulate the use of recreational marijuana.
“You know, from a sublime point of view, it’s amusing to watch,” the 68-year-old self-described political philosopher explains over the phone from Montreal. “Even if it’s like a wonderland-Matrix-bizarro world where everything is absurdly backwards and just gets more absurdly backwards all the time.”
Reports of product shortages, delivery backlogs and excessive packaging have tempered some expectations in these early days of post-pot prohibition Canada.
At a town hall at an Ottawa high school on Thursday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau repeated his message that pot prohibition didn’t work, using the example of lineups and a crush of online orders across the country, which produced “millions of dollars” in legal marijuana sales.