Premier Kathleen Wynne’s thoughts on stocking reefers at the LCBO has re-ignited fresh debate about the potential legalization of marijuana. Regardless of your views, the horse is already out of the barn: three US states have legalized it, with more on the way. And a few years ago the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police discussed the merits of decriminalization of ganja (not to be confused with legalization). That’s quite a statement.
There’s no question that weed is out there, widespread and everywhere. It’s so widespread that the idea of decriminalization for simple possession (but not dealing, which would remain a criminal offence) was thought to spare police resources. They have a point.
So the Trudeau Liberals – as they have been for a few years now – are talking about legalizing marijuana, restricting and controlling it’s availability. It was in their campaign platform, so this comes as no surprise. So what’s the best and quickest pathway to control and restriction? Using existing infrastructure, such as the LCBO. It makes perfect sense to me.
We’re getting beer in the supermarket soon. It will also take some getting used to having weed at the LCBO.
I’d rather not have weed around at all. I’d rather not have booze either, or the distraction of mobile devices in cars, for that matter. But it’s either here, or imminent. So let’s get our heads out of the sand and grasp the coming change with some common sense.
If not the LCBO, then who? Can anyone answer that?
Weed is all around us – and has been for a very, very long time….