The Quiet revolution gets loud

A great day for Canada

If you haven’t heard already Canada has just become the first major western nation to legalise weed. The far Left (but actually fair this time) BBC reports.

Quote:The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people.

Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.End of quote.

Don’t forget Colorado, Washington and California. Uruguay is a small nation with a population smaller than ours. Colorado etc obviously are States of the US. Canada is, however, the first major western nation to legalise weed.

This is much bigger than Canada and marijuana. We are witnessing the end of Prohibitionism. I’m calling it Prohibitionism instead of Prohibition because it is an ideology, a totally failed ideology.

Did you know that by far the majority of drug related harm is as a result of turf wars and wars for control? In other words Prohibitionism itself?

According to Milton Friedman, homicides in the US would be reduced by between 25 and 75 percent if America ended its war on drugs. Let me repeat that. If the US ended its war on drugs it would reduce the number of homicides there by up to 75%. Quote.

Quote:[…] But concerns remain, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug impaired driving.End of quote.

Minor teething issues. Quote.

Quote:[…]Canadian provinces and municipalities have been preparing for months for the end of cannabis prohibition. They are responsible for setting out where cannabis can be bought and consumed.

This has created a patchwork of more or less restrictive legislation across the country.

How ready is Canada for legal cannabis?

There remain unanswered questions on some key issues around how legal cannabis will work in Canada.

[…]And the marketplace itself is still in its infancy.

[…]With global trends shifting away from a strict prohibition of cannabis, the world will be watching this national experiment in drug liberalisation.End of quote.

No, we already know what happens. What we are watching is the end of Prohibitionism. The quiet revolution has become a loud revolution. quote.

Quote:A measure of success – whether legalisation will be a win for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 2019 federal election – will depend on whether it meets his stated goals: restricting access of the drug to youth – who are among the heaviest users in Canada – reducing the burden of cannabis laws on the justice system, and undercutting the illicit market for the drug.

And if the outcomes are positive, other countries might just be more willing to follow suit.End of quote.

Under Prohibitionism there is no incentive for dealers not to sell to kids. Today, at least in Canada, if you sell to kids and get caught you’re looking at up to 14 years jail time.

Prohibitionism hasn’t just been a complete and utter failure. It has been a horror show. It has helped fund the likes of the Mafia, Pablo Escobar and violent gangs like the MS-13. It has caused more misery and death than you can possibly imagine.

It has managed to survive for so long by lies and exploiting fear and prejudice. quote.

Quote:Why is Canada legalising cannabis?

Legalisation fulfils a 2015 campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the governing Liberal Party.

The prime minister has argued that Canada’s nearly century-old laws criminalising use of the drug have been ineffective, given that Canadians are still among the world’s heaviest users.

He said the new law is designed to keep drugs out of the hands of minors and profits out of the hands of criminals.End of quote.

Prohibitionism has been a multi-billion dollar to gift to organised crime. Quote.

Quote:[…]Nine US states have legalised recreational marijuana use while many more allow its use on medical grounds.End of quote.

But you say, drugs are evil. What choice do we have?

The first great lie of Prohibitionism is that Prohibitionism is the only thing stopping a global health catastrophe the likes of which the world has never seen.

In order to sell this lie, Prohibitionists have had to invent another lie: that drugs are so evil and so powerful that just one hit is enough to get you hooked.

What if I told you that 90% of drug users use without any problems? What if I told you that whether you will get hooked depends on mainly three factors: your genes, your background especially childhood trauma, and chemical hooks in the drug itself? What if I said that by far the least important was chemical hooks?

The link between heroin addiction and childhood trauma is as least as strong as the link between bad diet and obesity. In other words, even for the most addictive drug in the world the most important factor with regards to addiction is a person’s past trauma, not the chemical.

It is always, always, about the person, never about the drug.

If recreational drugs are as dangerous as Prohibitionists say it is only because Prohibitionism has made them so. Why? Because prohibition makes drugs much more potent. Next time you hear that someone’s daughter died after taking Ecstasy crammed with 400mg or more of MDMA blame Prohibitionism.

The third great lie is that ending Prohibitionist will greatly increase use. The fact is legalisation does slightly increase use but it greatly reduces harm.

One reason for this is because given the choice most people will choose the lesser of two evils. Given no choice instead of just saying no most people will just take what they can get. Before alcohol prohibition the most popular drink was beer. During alcohol prohibition, it was hard liquor. Afterwards the most popular drink became beer again.

Another reason is that being unregulated dealers can put anything they want in what they push. You can take a measured dose of pure heroin every day for the rest of your life and apart from developing an addiction suffer no damage to your health. Try that with street heroin.

Want to drastically reduce meth use? Then legalise and regulate amphetamines.

Want to drastically reduced people dying from synthetic cannabis? Legalise and regulate natural cannabis and low potency synthetic.

I can’t emphasise this enough. Prohibitionism has greatly increased the harm from drugs. quote.

Quote:What are the new rules around cannabis?

Adults will be able buy cannabis oil, seeds and plants and dried cannabis from licensed producers and retailers and to possess up to 30 grams (one ounce) of dried cannabis in public, or its equivalent.

Edibles, or cannabis-infused foods, will not be immediately available for purchase but will be within a year of the bill coming into force.

The delay is meant to give the government time to set out regulations specific to those products.

It will be illegal to possess more than 30 grams in public, grow more than four plants per household and to buy from an unlicensed dealer.End of quote.

In other words, the alternative to Prohibitionism isn’t a druggie free for all. It’s legalisation and regulation and we have plenty of precedents.

There’s alcohol. No one would argue that booze should be banned. Then there’s nicotine. We all think that we think should smoke less and we all know what will happen if smoking is completely prohibited. quote.

Quote:Penalties for some infraction will be severe. Someone caught selling the drug to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years.End of quote.

We are witnessing a revolution of a scale not seen since the end of Communism. That Canada has taken the first steps towards legalisation and regulation is a reason for all of us to celebrate. For the misery that Prohibitionism has caused, the trillions of dollars it has cost us all, we should be very angry that it has taken so long to be held to account.


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