On October 17, 2018, Canada will legalize marijuana. Here’s a quote from the Liberal government’s election platform:
“To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”
The government already regulates and restricts access to alcohol. Has this stopped underage drinking? Has this stopped people from profiting from the illegal sale of booze?
The government already regulates and restricts access to tobacco. Has this stopped underage smoking? Has this stopped people from profiting from the illegal sale of cigarettes.
Why doesn’t the government give the real reason for legalizing pot?
“We envy criminals who make lots of money from selling marijuana, and we want a piece of the action.”
If the government honestly believes that legalizing marijuana will keep it away from children and stop criminals from profiting, then smoke has clouded the government’s thinking.
Whether it is an illness from smoking, drinking or other drugs, being a victim of a crime, or getting caught doing something wrong, each one of us thinks, “It won’t happen to me.” Where do we get this idea that things only happen to other people and not us? What makes us think that we are so special?
A police officer once told me that stiffer penalties, or harsher jail terms, do not work because everyone he has arrested always thought that he or she would never get caught, and paid no attention to the penalties or jail terms. Look how stiffer penalties have not stopped crime.
Then it happens. We get a serious illness from the poisons we put into our bodies; we are victims of crimes often because we did not not take precautions; or we get caught at something we thought we would never get caught at. What do we say?
“You always hear about this happening to someone else. You never think that it will happen to you.”
It is family get-together time. Now, all of us are in emotional pain and have deep-seated issues with each other that we never discuss and try to resolve. At this get-together, as with all our family functions, let’s pretend that the pain and issues don’t exist. Let’s pretend that we’re happy and just have a good time. We have lots of alcohol and drugs to help us pretend. Don’t anyone dare express his or her true feelings.
So, let the pretending begin. Enjoy!