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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Pot should be legalized, regulated and sold like alcohol says Centre for Addiction and Mental Health statement

Canada’s largest mental health and addiction treatment and research centre is calling for the legalization of marijuana, with strict controls that would govern who could buy weed, from where, and in what quantity.
In a policy statement released Thursday, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto said cannabis should be sold through a government-controlled monopoly and with limited availability and an age limit, possibly through outlets similar to provincially operated liquor stores.


mrzee said...

I'd rather give my money to organized crime than the government. At lest they put it back into the local economy

Anonymous said...

If the Tories ever allowed Pot to be authorized on their watch, leftist heads would explode as yet another ideological talking point is removed from their dung heap platform.


Anonymous said...

So, where do you stand on the issue, Mr. Klagsbrun? As as school trustee candidate, it behooves you to take a stand.

BTW, my wife teaches Grade 9 and 10 math. After 15 minutes of teaching, she can identify not only all the students who came to class high, but all of them who did pot within the last 24 hours. Chemicals in marijuana stays in the body for years in fat tissues and then leak out into the bloodstream unpredictably, causing "flashbacks". I'm not particularly enthusiastic about driving down the 401 next to a driver having a "flashback".

So the access-to-minors issue aside, I could get on side with legalizing possession for people who register in advance with their local police and the OPP as addicts, surrender their driver's licenses, and undertake to abide by a lifetime ban on driving a motor vehicle (with violations punishable by a lengthy penitentiary sentence).

Richard K said...

@ anonymous at 7:20 am - if your wife teaches grade 9 & 10 math, which would generally be kids around 14/15 years old, and they're coming to class high on pot, then there is obviously a problem that exists regarding the availability of pot to children.

Do you not wonder why those kids may be coming to class high rather than drunk? Could a contributing factor be the fact that alcohol sales are strictly regulated by the government, plus its being legal removes incentives for organized crime to sell it?

I'm firmly against children smoking pot. I'm inclined to think that making it legal with strict controls over its sales is more likely to achieve that than the current state of affairs where pot is illegal and where it's readily available in and around schools through illegal means.