Article by Liz Braun, Toronto Sun
Nothing is dope about legal marijuana.
October brings so-called legal weed, and with it a minefield of new laws aimed at protecting a monopoly. Nobody — and that includes politicians, police officers and law makers — seems to know what will happen next.
(Hint: rich get rich, poor get poorer).
Who can sell dope once it’s finally legal in October? Where can they sell it? Where can a person buy it? Can you grow your own four plants? It appears the Doug Ford government will stick with plans for a publicy-run system — similar to alchohol.
This much is certain: New laws surrounding the legalization of marijuana are going to tie the cannabis-smoking population in knots.
Those new draconian laws are outlined by Michael Bryant, executive director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, in a recent article in Lawyer’s Daily. Bryant, a lawyer and Ontario’s former attorney general, expects cannabis crime to increase, now that the product is legal — contradictory though that may sound.
As he writes: “The law that passed Parliament amounts to a recriminalization of cannabis possession, production and commercialization.”
His is the best summary yet of what’s really going on here: “Parliament is legalizing the cannabis industry, but not the substance or its usage.”
Once we have legal pot, the police are permitted to pull you over, scrape saliva off your tongue (ewww) and then, if you register a fail for that, force you to give blood within two hours to see how much THC is in your system. As Bryant points out, that’s also an opportunity to shake down your car for cannabis, and God help you if you have more than the permitted 30 grams on hand.