In the grand scheme of things, marijuana policy isn’t likely to bring about a change of government.
Despite surveys showing a majority of Canadians approve legalizing possession of small amounts of pot, the law isn’t changing any time soon.
But that hasn’t stopped advocates from pressuring the prime minister on the subject, nor has it prohibited, pardon the pun, Stephen Harper from sounding like an early-1900s social reformer trying to ban the demon drink.
Marijuana prohibition was the hottest topic among the questions submitted prior to the PM’s YouTube interview last week, and he was gracious enough to give an answer.
But instead of coming off with the intelligence he’s known for, or even as the master obfuscator he has become, Harper hilariously morphed into Mr. Mackey, the guidance counsellor from the rabble-rousing animated show South Park.
“The reason drugs are illegal is because they are bad,” he said, after a preamble about his kids, and completely negating studies that show marijuana really isn’t all that harmful.
He went on to comment on how drugs are controlled by evil foreign cartels, and even if they were legalized, they would never be a respectable business.
If respectability were such a concern, it’s a wonder he hasn’t taken a run at the tobacco industry, porn or payday loan companies.
But hey, he’s a conservative politician preaching a law and order agenda. No one can be all that surprised.
What’s galling about all this is the utter condescension shown the reasonable opinion of a majority of Canadians.
But he’s in good company.
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, who as an Ivy League egghead probably saw enough trust fund babies find success while doing far worse than smoking pot, laughably told a group of high school kids they’re practically pointing a loaded gun at their heads by lighting up a “marijuana cigarette.”
The least these two supposedly smart men could try to offer, in defending their positions on the matter, is some actual intelligent debate, rather than talking to Canadians as if they were their pre-teen children.
It’s one thing to offer a kid a rote response, but adults deserve better.
– Article from Toronto Sun.