REALity March, 2018 –
Bill C-45 legalizing the recreational use of marijuana passed the House of Commons on November 27th 2017 and was sent to the Senate, the following day, November 28th 2017. If passed, Canada will be only the second nation in the world after Uruguay to fully legalize this dangerous drug.
Bill C-45 is a monstrous bill which will have a devastating effect on Canadian families and Canadian society. The most troubling effect of the bill is that it permits 12-18 year old young people to have access to and share marijuana.
This is the case despite Prime Minister Trudeau’s repeated false assertions that the bill “…is to protect our kids. Right now we know that young people have easier access to marijuana than just about any other illicit substance. It is easier to buy a joint for a teenager than it is to buy a bottle of beer. That is not right.”
The Liberal Party website states that one of the purposes of legalizing marijuana is to ensure we keep marijuana out of the hands of children …
Section 7(a) and (b) of the bill states the purpose of the bill:
(a) Protect the health of young persons by restricting their access to cannabis;
(b) Protect young persons and others from inducements to use cannabis;
The provisions of the bill, however, directly contradict its stated objective of keeping the drug away from children. This is based on the fact that Section 2 of the Bill defines “young person” as an individual who is “between 12-18 years of age.”
Section 8 (1) (c) of the bill provides: that a “young person” may possess 5 grams of marijuana (or ten joints). And Section 9 (1) (b) provides: that a young person may distribute up to 5 grams of marijuana (or ten joints). Finally Section 12 (4) (b) provides: that private homes may grow up to 4 marijuana plants without legal sanction.
Consequently the bill clearly provides that individuals between 12 to 18 years of age may freely possess, use, and even share marijuana up to 5 grams at a time (10 joints). There is absolutely no recourse if a minor is seen carrying, using, or handing out marijuana. A child can literally take ten joints from his parents’ stash, hand it out to his friends, go back home, take another ten, hand them out and keep doing it as often as he wants. This will deeply affect school environments and our neighbourhoods.
Marijuana is Harmful
Scientific evidence indicates that marijuana is a danger to public health. The harm caused by marijuana is listed on the website of Health Canada. The Canadian Medical Association, the Quebec Association of Psychiatrists, and Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario have warned that the human brain continues to develop until 25 years of age and marijuana use gravely stunts the development of adolescents.
Why is the Federal government pushing for the legalization of Marijuana?
Justin Trudeau unthinkingly blurted out during the 2015 federal election, that his party would legalize marijuana, without his understanding what a complex undertaking it would be. He did so to obtain the millennial vote.
What began as a political or ideological issue has now become an incredible profit-making industry. The money of George Soros and other billionaires has fueled organizations in many countries, including Canada, to successfully push for this legalization. The initial ideological push on marijuana has now been dwarfed by the gold-rush of capitalists pushing it. According to the Globe and Mail (February 1st 2018) the legalization of recreational marijuana could give raise to a domestic consumer market between $8-$9 billon per annum. The NDP government of BC handed down its budget on February 23rd 2018 in which it conservatively estimated that the province will take in $50 million dollars in the current fiscal year in marijuana sales once marijuana is legalized later this year, and $75 million in 2019-2020. Quebec’s financial minister estimated that his province would receive $60 million annually from the sale of marijuana.
That is, the role of money is now central to the spread of marijuana legalization. Pro-marijuana propaganda is flooding the media in order to indoctrinate and habituate the public to use marijuana for the financial benefit of marijuana entrepreneurs and governments on the federal and provincial levels.
Further, although the provinces in December 2017, reached a deal with the federal government to keep the price of marijuana low to drive out the illegal black market, this is not going to happen. Police, experts and experience all indicate that the black market always undercuts legal marijuana sales. For example the black market has not gone away in Colorado, Oregon or Washington State since marijuana was legalized there for its recreational use. Keeping down marijuana sales by criminals is a fantasy.
What is to be done?
It is critical that we do our best to try to stop this bill becoming law by its passage in the Senate.
Please contact the Senators immediately to let them know that legalization of marijuana is not acceptable, and this is especially the case in regard to children between 12-18 years of age, who will be provided legal access to marijuana under this bill. Senators can be reached at this link… http://4mycanada.ca/wp/?page_id=99