COMMENTARY: Trudeau needs a legal weed market by 2019

Trudeau has to make this work, or he'll be looking for a job in 2019.

COMMENTARY: Trudeau needs a legal weed market by 2019 — and Wynne is happy to help
By Tasha Kheiriddin, Radio Host - Global News

As Parliament resumes, the Trudeau government officially hits middle age — two years in, two years to go until the next federal election.

Midlife is traditionally time to take stock, to ask what we’ve accomplished, what’s left to do and how much time we have left before the kids (or, in the political context, voters) pack us off to the retirement home.

Such introspection can lead to that other symptom of advanced middle age: the mid-life crisis. But this government doesn’t seem to be in the market for a sports car or hair plugs; if anything, Trudeau is doubling down on the current list of commitments, from planned changes to small business taxation to cannabis legalization. With a slew of promises to keep, the Liberals are damning the torpedoes, deploying time allocation and closing their eyes and ears to the howls not only of the opposition but of an increasing number of Canadians who question whether this rush to pass legislation is about good government or mere political expediency.

Nowhere is this more evident than with the marijuana file. Trudeau’s promise to legalize recreational cannabis use was a cornerstone of his last election platform — not just in substance, but in style. It drew a clear line in the sand between him and both Tom Mulcair and Stephen Harper: modern vs. traditional, young vs. old, hip vs. square. Harper railed against the dangers to children: “If we sell marijuana in stores like alcohol and tobacco, that will protect our kids? No one believes that.” Mulcair sounded a note of caution: “We are on track to full legalization, but it is more complicated than snapping your fingers. We are not going to have weed being sold at the LCBO tomorrow morning.”

Trudeau, in contrast, promised to work on legalization “right away” and said that it could happen anywhere from a month to a “year or two” into a Liberal government.

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bill barilko
In truth the decriminalisation of Cannabis is much ado about very little few care and no one will get rich.
How is it set up so far?? I would think pork-barrel politics would have just enough different growers to make it not a monopoly. Mines in Flin Flon are a secure facility and if the right strength can be grown in Ontario that will replace tobacco crops and the grants to do the changeover would be passed onto the tax-payer so there is only a short dip in their profit line. JT is still bound to what PM Martin and 'the rest' started as far as industry taking the reins as far as what a country produces for local consumption as well as exportable items.

Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilko View Post

In truth the decriminalisation of Cannabis is much ado about very little few care and no one will get rich.

Getting stoned is a industry that is worth millions each year. Hemp is an industry that is worth 100's of billions year after year after year. At least sitting around with your thumb up you ass is easier when high. More rewarding is being high and coming up with another use for the hemp plant once the oil industry is running at the lowest production ever. The troops follow the dangling carrot while missing the buffet that lays at their feet.

If that thumb is destined to be there you might as well be high. It is better to have some pot and no money than money and no pot to buy.