Article by Charlie Smith, The Georgia Straight
Prior to the 2015 federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada promised to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana”.
“We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework,” the party pledged. “We will create a federal/provincial/territorial task force, and with input from experts in public health, substance abuse, and law enforcement, will design a new system of strict marijuana sales and distribution, with appropriate federal and provincial excise taxes applied.”
What Justin Trudeau didn’t say at the time was that two Vancouver residents who’ve endured tremendous hardship battling the ineffective war on drugs could face life sentences in jail under his rule.
Trudeau also didn’t say that this could come for operating marijuana dispensaries that kept cannabis out of the hands of children, employed Canadians, and generated tax revenue for federal and provincial authorities.
Today’s arrests of Marc and Jodie Emery at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is something that should concern all Canadians.
They should press MPs, senators, MLAs, and municipal politicians why so many police resources are being devoted to bringing down the couple just as marijuana is about to be legalized?
Aren’t there higher priorities for the Toronto and Vancouver police departments, such as the fentanyl and drug-overdose epidemic that took 914 lives in B.C. last year?