CANNABIS CULTURE – When they’re not busy frantically sweeping the latest massive scandal under the Parliamentary rug, the federal Conservatives have been working overtime on their fact-free, borderline-slanderous campaign to smear Justin Trudeau for his marijuana legalization policy.
The Cons have been lobbing distortion grenades at the Liberal Leader, his party, and the Canadian public since Trudeau’s admission earlier this year that he smoked pot; and for his bold decision to support the outright legalization of marijuana for adults.
The attacks flared up again just after Jodie Emery, wife of imprisoned activist Marc Emery and publisher of Cannabis Culture, took a trip to Ottawa to hold a press conference with Opposition MPs, asking for her husband’s transfer home to serve the rest of his time in a Canadian prison – something already approved by the US government and Correctional Services Canada.
On October 31, with a shrill rattle, Conservative MP Wai Young bellowed across the House floor that Liberal support for Marc Emery was basically tantamount to handing out heroin on the school playground:
Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Liberal member for Malpeque and the NDP member for Vancouver East met to support convicted drug dealer Marc Emery. This individual is serving a serious sentence in the United States for selling drugs online where anyone can access them. Criminal acts like these put our children at risk, yet the opposition members cannot stop their support for the drug trade. Can the government tell this House what has been done to keep Canada safe from criminals?
Conservative Minister of State Tim Uppal told a clamouring House:
Mr. Speaker, I would like to thank my colleague for that question and her work to make our communities safer. Our Conservative government has increased sentences for serious drug crimes, such as selling drugs near schools. We have been clear that drug dealers will face the full force of the law. We are unlike the leader of the Liberal Party, whose only policy is supporting the drug trade. We will focus our efforts on standing up for victims and keeping our streets and communities safe.
A week later, Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon told House Ministers:
Mr. Speaker, last week the Liberal soft on crime spokesman from Malpeque and the NDP member for Vancouver East met to support convicted drug dealer Marc Emery. This individual is serving a serious sentence in the United States for selling drugs online, where anyone can access them. Criminal acts like these put our children at risk. On this side of the House we have been clear that drug dealers will face the full force of the law. Other parties are only concerned with how they can help the drug trade. In fact, the member for Vancouver East said selling drugs never posed any “…harm to any Canadian or U.S. citizen”. Convicted drug dealer Marc Emery sums it up best. He said: “If the Liberals were still the governing party now…[he]would have been immediately released upon…arrival in Canada…”. Rather than worrying about the victims of crime, all the Liberals and NDP are concerned with is making things easier for convicted criminals. Our Conservative government will always stand up against the shameful policies put forward by the other side.
The attacks continue. This week, a screwy-faced Peter MacKay claimed Trudeau was “directly delivering a message to children now that recreational drug us is OK,” during a visit to a high school in Manitoba. MacKay’s has a habit of being full of hot air on marijuana.
Trudeau asked for a retraction, and said, “A remarkable thing happened yesterday when I answered a question from a student. The students in the room applauded a politician with a message to stay off drugs, and that the current system is not doing enough to keep it out of the hands of kids. That the Conservatives would put out a statement condemning the courage showed by those students is shameful.”
But the shameful accusations don’t stop there. On the official Conservative Party website, there is now a page dedicated to “Justin Trudeau’s Policy Priority – Legalizing Marijuana”, where law enforcement “experts” like frothing prohibitionist Darryl Plecas agree that legalizing marijuana “would be an absolutely stupid thing to do, for a number of reasons.”
Missing, unsurprisingly, are the actual reasons.
A Conservative pamphlet (pictured above) hitting mail-boxes now reads:
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals do not have a plan to create jobs, but they do have a plan to legalize marijuana. They’ll make marijuana available for sale like alcohol and tobacco. Their plan to legalize marijuana will make it more available to minors.
The Conservatives are hoping to appeal to their hardcore, hippy-hating base, rather than the two-thirds of Canadians who support the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana.
They know their base doesn’t have a clue about surveys showing that it’s easier for teenagers to buy marijuana than alcohol or other regulated drugs.
They know their base hasn’t heard of the numerous scientific studies concluding the legalization of medical marijuana is not associated with increased rates of adolescent use but, in fact, actually may decrease teen pot consumption.
They know their base doesn’t understand that the War on Drugs is actually a War on Kids; part of a “school-to-prison pipeline”, ensuring packed prisons and a never-ending supply of fresh gang recruits.
They think the rest of Canadians – the two-thirds who support reforming Canada’s marijuana laws – won’t come out to vote.
It’s up to us to prove them wrong.
UPDATE: The Conservatives were also probably hoping no one would remember this: “Tory MP Scott Reid Backed Pot Legalization In Front Of Students Just Like Trudeau”.
Now they are liars and hypocrites on the marijuana issue.