The left wing and liberal Justin Trudeau came to power in Canada last week, with the promise of legalising cannabis and taking a common sense approach to recreational drugs. For thousands of Hells Angels to be peeved enough to protest at the possibility of drugs legalisation is to show that organised crime is running in fear already!
Trudeau’s campaign promises
Canada’s Liberal Party manifesto said, “To ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals, we will legalise, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”
If followed through, Canada would be the first major country to legalise cannabis in the world. Where the US is increasingly seeing sense as state by state the country is seeing a battle of wits between the prohibitionist Federal government and states that want to spend less on enforcement and tax weed, Canada could go the whole hog.
Organised crime very annoyed
If you’re reading this blog you’ll be aware that organised crime really took hold when the US banned alcohol and a number of other drugs, cannabis included, in the 1920’s. When the US legalised alcohol again they didn’t marijuana and the mafia retained an income stream from it. As the Italians made so much money, so other criminal groups got involved, and even the UK’s Irish Republican Army made a good income from selling drugs to raise money to bomb and shoot people. Arguably, if instead of burning poppy fields the US had offered market rates for opium from Afghan farmers, there wouldn’t have been much of a war in Afghanistan as the Taliban would have gone bust.
It is no surprise then that the Canadian Hell’s Angels went to protest outside the Canadian Parliament buildings in Ottawa at the prospect of 30,000 illegal jobs being lost. One 56 year old Hells Angel who had been dealing weed for 44 years complained at the prospect of losing his job selling weed, “Do you think I’m going to want to go work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds at minimal wage? I don’t think so!”
Medical marijuana corporates happy
One of the issues that people have with legal and taxed weed is that there will be corporate thugs on the scene – do we want a Canadian marijuana answer to Starbucks fiddling taxes and paying their staff the absolute minimum they can to maximise profits? Sadly, that is a question of politics and ideology – let’s not offend the capitalists among us who believe in trickle down economics, and anyway Minimum Wage is far higher than Vietnamese illegal immigrants get paid to house sit an illegal grow.
Canada has a strong legal medical marijuana industry and these companies saw their shares rocket at the news of Justin Trudeau taking office. Canopy Growth, which claims to sell cannabis to as much as 20% of the Canadian medical cannabis market, saw its share price rise by 21% at the news.
What does this mean for the UK?
The UK may well be one of the last countries in the world to legalise, but as we see so much liberalisation of cannabis laws worldwide, the tide is turning toward a sane and sensible approach to drug use. That Canada is seriously considering it as the states thrash the daylights out of the Feds in their southern neighbour, is a world away from where we were even 10 years ago.
Exciting times are coming for those who want a sensible approach to drug use. It could well be a decade or two but I can definitely see that a worldwide rethink of such laws is possible. Canada is the one to watch…
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