I was not looking forward to today, October 17th, the day they legalized marijuana in Canada. Prior to today, almost everywhere I went, I smelled marijuana. This happened every day, every day, every day. If people were not smoking it, then they had just smoked it and smelled like a skunk. If I was smelling it almost everywhere when it was illegal, then I assumed I would smell it everywhere after they legalized it.
I never used to mind the smell of marijuana, but began to dislike it because I was smelling it almost everywhere every day, every day, every day. I also worried that it would show up in my blood if I did a drug test.
Did I worry about October 17th for nothing? I have gone almost everywhere today, and I have yet to smell marijuana. Unbelievable! It is Day One of legalized pot, and I have yet to smell it or see anyone smoking it. I cannot remember the last time I went an entire day without smelling marijuana or seeing people smoke it. How long will this last?
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.
Canada votes on October 19 for a prime minister and his ruling party. Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the campaign on August 2. People are calling it the longest campaign in Canadian history. It’s only 78 days, but the average campaign, for the past 10 elections, is 46 days. If the average Canadian campaign is 46 days, and 78 days is long, then the campaign for president of the United States is an eternity.
Wars, elections, rapes, robberies, accidents and murders. The names change, but the stories stay the same.
In the Fall of 2014, Canada sent soldiers to Iraq. The Government called it a “non-combat mission.” The Government said that Canadian soldiers would “not engage in direct combat”; that Canadian soldiers were only there to advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling The Islamic State (ISIS).
Last week, a news report said that Canadian soldiers returned fire from ISIS fighters while with Iraqi troops on the front lines. The Government still insists that it is a “non-combat mission,” but that the situation on the ground has “evolved” since last fall.
Why don’t the Canadian troops get a megaphone and announce to ISIS fighters on the front lines, “Hey ISIS, don’t shoot at us! We’re only here to show these guys how to kill you. You can shoot at them after we’re finished. No hard feelings, eh?”
During World War I the government lied about what was really happening.
During World War II the government lied about what was really happening.
During the Vietnam War the government lied about what was really happening.
During the Gulf War the government lied about what was really happening.
During the Iraq War the government lied about what was really happening.
Now we are in another war–er–uh–pardon me–a “non-combat mission.” Is the government lying about it?
“All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.”
– I. F. Stone