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Hamish Urquhart

The Conservative Case for Marijuana

It is high time – pun intended – that Canadians, and specifically Conservatives, re-examine their position on the legality of marijuana in this country. It is very easy to brush off the message of legalizing or at least decriminalizing marijuana when it comes from the wrong crowd. Once you look past the fringe elements that make up the marijuana activists in this country, the overall benefits that legalizing the drug could have for Canada, in many ways, outweigh the negatives. The Conservative Party under Prime-Minister Harper have made it quite clear that they will not touch the law banning marijuana in this country, making it the only party in Parliament with such a stance. In fact, the laws have been stiffened with the Safe Streets & Communities Act, intended to “establish mandatory minimum penalties” for the following offences: production; trafficking; possession for the purpose of trafficking; importing and exporting; and possession for the purpose of exporting. The law also states: “the maximum sentence for production of marijuana would be increased from 7 to 14 years.” Just this past week, Ontario’s top court upheld the ban, in a case that would have seen medicinal marijuana more readily available to people who want/need it. As the law stands now, the only way one would be able to obtain marijuana for medical use is by obtaining a prescription from a doctor, and that’s if you can find a doctor willing enough to prescribe it to you. Heck, even Queen Victoria used cannabis to relieve her menstrual cramps; which would make her a criminal in most of the modern world, including Canada, albeit with a lack of enforcement. As the only party currently in Parliament that opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana and with Liberal leadership candidates, like Justin Trudeau now openly reaching out to… Read More