Legalization of Marijuana: April 13, 2017…. D- day for Canada – By Yvonne Sam

Legalization of Marijuana: April 13, 2017…. D- day for Canada

By Yvonne Sam

Canadian legalization of marijuana translates into violation of International Drug Laws. A bold move on the part of Prime Minister Trudeau—seemingly unaware of the ensuing ramifications?

On April 13, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent Canada and its citizens into a hypnotic frenzy by making good on his high-profile campaign promise—the passing of a Bill legalizing marijuana for recreation purposes, making Canada the first developed country in the world to legalize pot since the international war on drugs began in the 1970s. This stunning announcement can be juxtaposed for its truth and applicability to the sayings of Savoyard lawyer, historian and philosopher Joseph Le Maistre, “that every nation gets the government it deserves, and Alexander de Tocqueville, the famous French political thinker and historian,  speaking in the Chamber of Deputies just prior to the outbreak of the European Revolution who said: “We are sleeping on a volcano… A wind of revolution blows, the storm is on the horizon.   

Original text: Nous dormons sur un volcan… Ne voyez-vous pas que la terre commence à trembler. Le vent de la révolte souffle, la tempête est à l’horizon.

Thankfully the Bill has not yet become law, but from the spectator’s seat it stands an extremely good chance. On one hand the majority of the House of Commons is controlled by the Liberals, and the even more liberal New Democratic party is backing them on legalization, although currently they represent a small minority in the Canadian government.

While our Prime Minister is doing his level best to keep his campaign promise of appeasing those who seemingly wish to escape reality, the passage of such a Bill is not without its accompanying profound ramifications that run the gamut from health and culture, to homeland and border security, international relations and right here at home safety on the roads.  These may be the precursors before the eruption of the volcano on which Canada now sits.

Setting the Stage – Who plays what part?

Generally the Bill follows the recommendations of the recent Federal Task Force on marijuana legalization. Age 18 is the minimum age for purchasing marijuana, but provinces are free to raise this age. The Federal government has been tasked with handling licensing producers, and their provincial counterparts will manage distribution and retail sales. Canadians can grow up to four marijuana plants per household, and carry up to 30 grams per person.

Quebec’s Premier Philippe Couillard, in a succinct Pilate-type handwashing gesture, forewarned that Government, to be careful in burdening the provinces with too many responsibilities, such as regulation, testing of individuals and implementation.  A similar admonition was voiced by Quebec’s Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, who said that the province wanted no part in anything to do with selling pot, but instead wants the Feds to sort out the commercial aspect of things.

The province wants no part of the Liberals’ nightmarish game– hence no attributable blame nor shame.

A Bold Move

Premier Trudeau has seemingly forgotten that Canada like our neighbor the U. S is part of international drug treaties that unequivocally ban the legalization of marijuana. Despite the fact that activists have been trying for years to change these treaties, they have been unsuccessful- so that when Canada moves to legalize marijuana it will immediately be in violation of international law that could upset other countries with a stricter view of legalization.  In the U. S eight states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, while the only nation in the world that allows marijuana to be used legally for recreational purposes is Uruguay. However, the difference lies in the fact that Canada is pursuing legalization as a country.

Facts and Acts

The dangers of marijuana have repeatedly been echoed across the nation even from the lips of the Liberals themselves. Then why are they now advocating its use for recreational purposes? Since Canada is the first country to promise legalization at the ballot box, the truth is hidden in the smoke. Millions of weed smokers allowed Justin Trudeau, to get just in, making the biggest comeback victory in Canadian election history.  —the Liberals have kept their promise on what they are certain would improve their rating at the expense of over subscription on broken campaign promises in other areas. Canada’s success in its attempts to legalize marijuana will depend on how it balances all expressed concerns, for while the government may opine that marijuana legalization is right for Canada, the risk therein lurks the danger that legal Canadian pot may find itself in the U.S with resultant tension between previously close friends.  Let us not forget the arm of the law whose role would be changed come legalization. To once again quote

Alexander de Tocqueville — laws are unstable unless they are founded on the manners of a nation, and manners are the only durable and resisting power in a people.

Yvonne Sam


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  • Denise  On 04/20/2017 at 1:19 am

    Correct me if I’m missing something but how is this issue any different from the legalization of alcohol. When it comes to the cons, they’re the same kettle of fish with the exception that marijuana has been proven to have medicinal benefits while alcohol has none. The legalization of marijuana has always been used by politicians as a political football. The time has come to stop the politicking and get this issue resolved once and for all. If the laws that were put in place for alcohol after prohibition has been working for so long, then I don’t see why the same won’t apply for the legalization of marijuana when passed. People are afraid because they see this drug as some sort of demon, but the real demon is alcohol because it turns people nasty and even cause them to commit murder at times. Marijuana has been given a bad wrap just like we’ve been told for years that eggs raises LDL….the bad cholesterol, which we’ve now been told to be untrue.

    PM Trudeau made this issue a campaign promise to win the votes of the younger population but he really did not expect to win a majority government. Now he has no scapegoat in the opposition being the culprits responsible for blocking this law from being passed and must now make good on his promise in order to maintain his credibility and win those votes again come the next election.

  • Hermina  On 04/20/2017 at 7:49 pm


    Are you sanely aware of the side effects of marijuana?have you considered why few countries have not yet legalized the substance? Yes, Trudeau made the promise promise, not believing that he had the ghost of a chance in hell of winning. Now he has to follow true on his promise. But it is not about Trudeau, as politicians and elections come and go. Usually it is about the crap they cause while they are in office, the spill over of which is left for their successor to clean up.
    In this case it will be a bitter harvest.

  • Denise  On 04/20/2017 at 9:36 pm

    Hermina…..It’s all political BS in every country. The side effects are less dangerous than alcohol abuse yet alcohol is legal. That’s all I’m saying. Unless you are sanely aware of the side effects of marijuana yourself, don’t believe the hype. Whether you like it or not, it will become legalized and it’s about time that this issue gets laid to rest so that the politicians can deal with the “bitter harvest” that’s looming.

  • guyaneseonline  On 04/20/2017 at 10:12 pm

    It’s Time to Legalize Marijuana and Abolish the Drug Czar

    Mike Ludwig, Truthout: Supporters of legal marijuana are not happy with President Trump or his apparent pick for White House drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino. The war on drugs will not end until the institutions behind it are dismantled and positions like “drug czar” become relics. Let’s eliminate the offices that make the drug war possible — sooner rather than later.
    Read the Article

  • guyaneseonline  On 04/20/2017 at 10:19 pm

    Jamaica warned: Marijuana Industry may go up in smoke…

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday April 20, 2017 – Jamaica is not only at risk of losing out on the development of a lucrative marijuana industry but could face worse global embarrassment if it continues to drag its feet on the sector’s development, a leading international proponent on marijuana reform has warned.

    Dr Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the United States-based Drug Policy Alliance has cried shame at the slow pace of the development of the sector and he chided Prime Minister Andrew Holness for failing to fast track the process.

    “It seems to me it is the obligation of the prime minister to not throw roadblocks…His responsibility is to ensure the effective and expeditious implementation of the law,” Nadelmann told the Jamaica Gleaner.

    “To continue to delay is to risk embarrassment in the eyes of other countries that are doing this properly,” he warned.

    Nadelmann , a former Harvard and Princeton academic, contends that Jamaica, which is known the world over for top-quality ganja, was at a standstill while other countries including Israel, Australia, Chile and Argentina were fast developing their own medical marijuana industry.

    He expressed disappointment that two years after Jamaica amended its Dangerous Drugs Act which led to the decriminalization of the possession of two ounces or less of marijuana and the framework for the development of the local medical marijuana industry, little headway had been made.

    He cautioned that too much was at stake for Jamaica and the country should act now to safeguard its interests.

    “Jamaica has an opportunity, but it seems like it is beginning to let it go and that is just a shame given Jamaica’s substantial and fairly positive association with this (marijuana),” he said.

    “If Jamaica doesn’t move forward quickly you could well find yourself importing medical marijuana from the US and Canada or Israel.”


  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 04/21/2017 at 6:57 am

    Keep In mind Trudeau’s majority is based on 35.9 % of popular votes mainly from youths whom he was pandering to to win. So he was ‘forced’ to keep promise given he has already reneged on reforming said FPP system which gave him the spurious majority.

  • Hermina  On 04/21/2017 at 10:49 pm

    For your information in June 2016 the Cannabis Licencing Authority (CLA) in Jamaica proposed installing marijuana kiosks at seaports and airports manned by a person with medical training. The weed would be available for tourists who have a prescription and doing it for medicinal purposes with a permit from the Ministry of Health. While cannabis is undoubtedly Jamaica’s most relevant product and while Europe, Israel and the US are well ahead of Jamaica in terms of marijuana legislation, although Jamaica is well known for having some of the best bud available on the planet.
    Sadly Jamaica has a lot of catching up to do for one of the least unlikely countries Israel is way ahead in the field of medical marijuana research so much so that other countries are still struggling to catch up.
    Before Jamaica moves forward there are lots to be considered if success is to be assured. Rules and regulations, establishment of an agency to overseer private companies wanting to cash in on the cannabis haven.
    The smoke is no joke. Jamaica may too quickly and miss the mark.

  • Marc matthews  On 04/15/2019 at 10:05 am

    The Netherlands legalised marijuana 30+ Yrs ago..and Portugal the first country that has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of drugs, to positive results. Anyone caught with any type of drug in Portugal, if it is for personal consumption, will not be imprisoned.
    The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

  • Marc  On 04/15/2019 at 10:11 am

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