Analysis: Please Don’t Enjoy Ontario’s Legal Marijuana

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Standing in Ontario’s legislative chamber, the province’s Attorney General made history this month with the introduction of legislation to legalize recreational marijuana.

He did so with the kind of enthusiasm usually reserved for a prostate exam.

Speaking to reporters afterward, Yasir Naqvi, was at great pains to explain the primary goal of the “Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act” was to make sure anyone who shouldn’t be enjoying pot, doesn’t.

“Throughout the legislation, prevention and education is the most important aspect as it relates to our young people,” Naqvi said.

Ontario’s new standalone marijuana shops will only sell to those 19 and older and the provincial mail order business will require a signature at the door to ensure pot isn’t delivered to minors.

Keeping intoxicants away from kids should be the goal of all rules governing the escapist poisons we allow ourselves as adults, but surely our political leaders could lighten up a little about the prospect of moms and dads sparking a legal fatty at the end of long week?

If legal recreational marijuana is the desire of the majority of Canadians, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s majority would indicate that it is, then lawmakers should stop acting as if anything other than dire warnings might unleash an Armageddon of reefer madness.

It’s OK to want legal pot. It will soon be OK to buy legal pot.

But don’t expect legislators to be happy about selling it to you. For a drug that induces the giggles, Ontario’s approach to legal weed is a serious downer.

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