Tag: Trudeau

  • The War Of The Flowers

    Russell Barth At 10:30 on the morning of October 3rd, 2017, Cannabis Culture on Bank Street in Ottawa was raided – again – by the brave and heroic Ottawa Police Service as part of a set of four busts across the city that day. Having eliminated every other crime in Ottawa – solved every murder, […]

  • Bill C-45, Teens, and the Demons of Prohibition

    A 1972 report on cannabis first commissioned, and then rejected, by drug war hawk, Richard Nixon, was titled Marijuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding. That sounds about right for Justin Trudeau’s Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, which might better be called, Cannabis: A Signal of Willful Ignorance. Why ignorance? To begin, its use of oppressive penalties is […]

  • Trudeau’s Task Force: Provincially Centralized

    (article previously posted at InsidetheJar) Travis Lane Part five in a series on the task force report. Arbitrary limits are a bit funny, scaled taxation has never been seen before, and production controls are unlikely to be effectively implemented with the looming threat of a powerful black market. It seems doubtful that these recommendations would […]

  • Editors Note: Arrests and Liberal Legalization

    It is difficult to write a cheery note in the midst of raids on dispensaries, relentless arrests (some 60,000 at last count), and the stress imposed on Canadian patients, trying to find sympathetic doctors, just too few and too far between. It is hard to feel uplifted when newfangled racketeers, who charge patients three to […]

  • Trudeau’s Cannabis Task Force Report: Capacity and Taxation

    (article previously posted at InsidetheJar) Capacity and Taxation: Tools of Control Travis Lane Part four in a series on the task force report. Many of the problematic recommendations in the report seem to stem from the desire for governmental market control, with a particular focus on influencing the end user. Where personal carry limits and fear […]

  • Trudeau’s Cannabis Task Force Report: Bans and Limits

    (article previously posted at InsidetheJar) Travis Lane Part three in a series on the Federal Cannabis Task Force Report. The most comical and ridiculous aspects of the report are, without a doubt, the recommendations for carry limits and home growing. I suppose the government is going to want some kind of limit placed on carry quantities. The […]

  • Trudeau’s Cannabis Task Force Report – Overblown Risks

    (article previously posted at InsidetheJar) Travis Lane Part two in a series on the Federal Cannabis Task Force Report. The task force’s report may be a big improvement on the position paper, but there is still a strong sense that cannabis is something we need to be afraid of. In the entire 54 page document, without […]

  • Trudeau’s Cannabis Task Force Report – Part 1

    (article previously posted at InsidetheJar) Travis Lane Part one in a series on the Task Force Report. It has been a couple of months since the final report from the federal task force on cannabis legalization was released. After a lengthy delay for translating, it was released right before the holiday season, which means that much […]

  • What Legalization Should Look Like

    (appeared May 2, 2016 at CanEvolve) The Liberal government announced plans to table the legislation that would legalize cannabis in Canada in the Spring of 2017. Cannabis has been illegal throughout our lifetimes, so it is woven into the societal fabric in a “wild west” sort of way and much of that can not be […]

  • A Rant for a Rant: Parsing Mr. Trudeau.

    This weekend, a rattled, angry Trudeau attempted to defend his government’s legalization process. Like anyone with a murky agenda, he packed a lot of shaky assumptions into a few words, hoping, I suppose, to send a message that is simple and clear. But the message is tangled, and meaning, clear as mud. Here are his […]