Embrace Pot Shops and Marijuana

A year into the new post-Stephen Harper era, it doesn’t look like much has changed. We’ve done right by some 30,000 Syrian refugees, and ruffled a lot of feathers with the most recent carbon-pricing initiative, but everything else seems to be business as usual.

But one thing that has quickly changed, party because of the Liberal party’s platform, is the plethora of medicinal marijuana clinics that have cropped up all over the country, including Ottawa, even though they’re not entirely legal – yet.

When one considers the history of illegal drug use, things such as the Opium Wars of the 19th century, the presence of cocaine in household consumables or, more recently, the war on drugs, come to mind. Now cannabis has gained an interesting notoriety in our culture, which is experienced as a certain je ne sais quoi about where to put it. It’s still not legal to sell for now, and these pot shops are also illegal, but is it really that bad?

– Read the entire article at Ottawa Citizen.