For or against? Here’s what they have to say!
Video of Kevin O’Leary on the legalization, he is just so right and brilliant but could our prime minister pull out the same framing for this law to be beneficial for all Canadians.
If not, I think it will be just a mess…
“It’s just how they balance the need to protect people and control a substance and respect people’s freedoms,” Trudeau told reporters in Okotoks, south of Calgary.
What really matters for Trudeau is mostly protecting our children and ending the marijuana prohibition policy that costs law enforcement $ 500 million a year and already left 475,000 people with criminal records since 2006.
On the other side, Stephen Harper thinks this law is failing in two primary ways, the first one is it is not protecting our child from the negative impacts of marijuana on the developing brain. Secondly, that we are funnelling millions upon millions of dollars each year into organized crime and criminal gangs. We do not need to be funding those organizations.”
Oilpatch CEOs fear their costs will rise when the legalization of recreational marijuana law takes place.
“The issue of drug use is closely watched in the industry, where workers tend to be young and hazards include long commutes to and from remote drilling sites, wells that produce poisonous or explosive gas and exposure to heavy machinery. Many oil and gas companies have strict bans on alcohol and drugs at work.”
If the law passed on July 1st, companies from all over the country will have to review the policies and procedures to keep safety on site.
The federal government will be in charge of making sure the country’s marijuana supply is safe and secure and Ottawa will license producers. The provinces will have the right to decide how marijuana will be distributed, sold and will even set the price. Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, the provinces will have the option of setting a higher age limit if they wish.
A law for all the country, but with different rules for each province… Hopefully will not be too hard to follow.
The tax revenue derived from the sale of legalized pot would split about $5 billion per year between federal and provincial based on the apparent size of the current market and how legalization has played out for the state governments of Colorado and Washington. Canada can also expect to make some extra money from tourists.
What can Canada learn from the U.S., Uruguay about selling marijuana?
In 2012, Colorado and Washington legalize marijuana, the two states have different takes on key questions that Canada will have to consider, like whether residents will be able to grow their own plants as they can in Colorado, or whether laws should put limits on non-residents who buy marijuana here, like in Colorado or leave the market open as Washington does… Good questions right?
Here are some examples of what happens over there;
First year of legalization, the competition in Colorado has increased more than fourfold: 833 commercial sellers had sprouted up and 1,416 medical retailers were in the market, according to the state’s 2014 Marijuana Enforcement Division annual report.
The city devoured more than 2.85 million pot cookies, brownies and other edibles in 2014 sold from commercial stores, outpacing medicinal treats by 890,000 sales, the annual report found.
This new hunger soon revealed a problem because they did not take into account how that could be distributed in a serving size, a 2015 report from the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse says.
Washington also experienced some growing pains when it allowed marijuana into the market in July 2014. Because the state didn’t have the same network of medical dispensaries as Colorado, it found itself overwhelmed by demand, the CCSA report found.
Contrary to the traveller’s legend, cannabis is actually illegal in the Netherlands. The country adopted a so-called “toleration policy,” which essentially means that prosecutors and police will turn a blind eye to coffee shops that sell small amounts up to five grams to people older than 18.
You cannot grow or sell your own marijuana in the European country. Someone caught growing five or fewer plants would likely just have them seized by police, according to the tolerance rule, but larger crops are still supposed to result in criminal charges.
A 2014 report by that state’s Department of Revenue, which predicted consumption of 121.4 tons of marijuana within the year, noted this figure was 31 percent higher than the same department’s previous prediction, 89 percent higher than a study by the Colorado Futures Center and 111 percent higher than an older estimate by the Colorado Center for Law and Policy.
By 2015, the market had grown again, generating $135 million US, according to a joint report by New Frontier and ArcView Market Research.
Nice number! But only if the regulation and access in clear and well understand! Justin Trudeau as a lot of work to do…
“Unlike tomatoes, it is a substance that poses certain significant … social and health harms, and risks to Canadians.”