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Last year, Canada’s conservative government opened the door to relaxing the law banning marijuana consumption, suggesting a switch to fines for small-scale possession, as opposed to prosecution in court.

Politicians ask, how can we make some money off of people exercising their natural human right to the pursuit of happiness? So surprised they are cons I am.

Relaxing penalties shows a recognition pot is not the great danger they told us it was. Seeking to collect fines for its possession is simply backtracking on that recognition. What scum. What high-heeled scum.

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" Politicians ask, how can we make some money off of people exercising their natural human right to the pursuit of happiness?"

That is spot on. There are two things pols consider important: 1) How to extract more money from the people so they can use it . 2) How to ensure their re-election as the populist scum they are.

Not only should mj be decriminalized, but fully legalized, like growing your own vegetables and flowers. Plants, they're just plants.

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If Canada legalizes marijuana it should be regulated in a manner similar to alcohol and tobacco. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would bring the country's cash crop under the rule of law, creating jobs and economic opportunities in the formal economy instead of the illicit market. Scarce law enforcement resources that could either be better used to protect public safety would be preserved while reducing corrections and court costs. Thus local governments would be able to acquire significant new sources of tax revenue from regulating marijuana sales. Finally the long-term gains of legalization probably outweighs the cost of seemingly condoning a vice.

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Like the US, Canada has a pot problem.

If kept illegal only criminals keep profits. If regulated, taxed and sold like alcohol the circle of profits includes legal growers, sellers and safer products for users.

After subtracting the prohibition costs and adding legalization benefits the math supports one conclusion, prohibition is an expensive and ineffective drag on society. Dollars and sense, for a product with no known lethal dose, eliminates the criminal supply which is the most destructive use of a society's wealth.

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Quite right. Will make Canadians even more laid back than they already are.

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If regulated, taxed and sold like alcohol the circle of profits includes legal growers, sellers and safer products for users.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_Wars

Throughout the film there is a theme that the smallest breweries have next to no chance to compete due to the sheer volume of advertising and outdated beer distribution laws. The original laws demanded a three tier system to separate the powers of selling beer. The law demands that the beer brewer cannot deliver directly to the retailer, supposedly creating a separation of powers resembling the US government's congress, judicial, and executive branches. The film claims these laws are now inhibiting growth of smaller brewers and therefore allowing the largest brewers (Coors, Anheuser-Busch, and Miller) to maintain an oligopoly on beer.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AB_InBev_brands (Anheuser-Busch)

-take a look at all those brands and the shelf space they dominate.

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Back on topic please.

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Cool! After a toke, we can discuss whether it's a toque or a touque or a tuque.

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I prefer to unwind with a cup of tea or coffee... I don't need to smoke some weird herb to get off my face and become an annoying git. I mean how can people smoke that stuff? It stinks and addles your brain.

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"a drug known to prompt the munchies"

Does this have anything to do with the obesity problem in North America?

How come there are no rallies to legalize pot in Japan?

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Do we need another one? Legalization a benefit to a society? There is already enough legal drugs including prescription drugs and alcohol abuse. The important reminder is that legalization of marijuana will not make the drug harmless and serious substance abuse can cause health problems.

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Well, let's see. Smoking cigarettes is a definite no-no, but smoking marijuana, because it is a mild hallucinogen, somehow is just fine. At least according to the legalizers.

Smoke cigarettes.....bad. Smoke marijuana......good.​ Brilliant!!!

RR

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