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Less Moral Outrage, More Harm Reduction: Revamping Cannabis Education for the Age of Legalization

November 29, 2017
(Courtesy of DFK)
When the federal government announced it was spending an additional $36.4 million over the next five years on cannabis education and awareness, educators realized they faced a big task. Not only would they have to step up efforts to get their message out—they’d also have to revise the message itself.

“No doubt about it, legalization makes our job more tricky.”
Marc Paris, Executive Director, Drug Free Kids

As Bill Blair, the Liberal government’s point man on the cannabis legalization file, explained on the day of the announcement, “When the substance is prohibited, when it’s illegal, most of that public education focuses on the legal consequences of breaking the law. But when the substance is not prohibited, parents, teachers and health professionals will begin to have conversations with young people [about] how they can make safer and healthier choices.”

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“No doubt about it, legalization makes our job more tricky,” Marc Paris, executive director of Drug Free Kids (DFK), a Canadian charity that provides education about drugs, told Leafly after the October 31st announcement.

In June, DFK launched a national campaign to promote a booklet aimed at helping parents learn how to talk to their kids about cannabis. The Cannabis Talk Kit, which was developed in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, has drawn positive reviews from parents and healthcare practitioners, said Paris.

Parents are advised how to engage rather than alienate their children while talking about cannabis—describing smoking pot as an unhealthy choice rather than a stupid one, for example.

“Our timing was very good,” he said of the booklet, which was released two months after the Trudeau government announced that it would legalize recreational marijuana in July 2018. Since then, more than 100,000 copies have been requested.

In addition to advising parents on how to engage rather than alienate their children while talking about cannabis—describe smoking pot as an unhealthy choice rather than a stupid one, for example—the document also notes that cannabis is a controlled substance under federal law, “meaning that growing, possessing, distributing and selling cannabis for recreational use are illegal.” The booklet warns parents and their children that “if [they] are found possessing cannabis by police, [they] may be subject to arrest, and possible criminal prosecution.” That will have to be revised.

The booklet also advises parents on what to say to their children today, a point in time when recreational marijuana might become legal. Once it is legal, that section will also have to be revised and expanded, said Paris.

When Bill C-45 is passed, marijuana will be more even accessible, he added, so it will be more important than ever to “build resilience in [Canadian] kids.”

Paris is heartened by Ottawa’s recent announcement and hopes that his organization will receive a share of the new funding. “We want to expand beyond general public awareness campaigns and go directly into schools,” he told Leafly. “But that would cost millions.”

His sentiment is shared by Anne McKiernan, a research and policy analyst at the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. “It’s important to provide these resources, and it becomes more crucial as we inch closer to the legalization date,” she told Leafly.

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McKiernan has seen an increasing demand for resources to educate Canadians about cannabis and foster awareness in recent months, and she is encouraged by the trend. With more buy-in across the board, educators are better able to get the word out, she said.

McKiernan sees another advantage to legalization—it will enable educators to focus more on harm reduction. They will be able to advise people on how to use cannabis responsibly and won’t come under fire for endorsing the use of an illegal substance. “For example, an educator will be able to say to a young person, ‘If you’re going to smoke cannabis, choose a strain with lower THC levels.’” As she told Leafly, it would be similar to the way educators now talk to people about alcohol.

Last March, Health Canada started a digital campaign targeting parents and encouraging them to talk to their children about cannabis. The federal government says social media ads performed up to 75% above the industry average for click-through rates—driving increased traffic to cannabis content on the government’s website.

The next phase of the digital campaign, which will focus on young people themselves, will also rely heavily on social media. “The details of the campaign are still being determined but we know that social media will likely play a large role in reaching youth and young adults as will interactive events to reach this audience,” Health Canada told Leafly.

As for the due date of a revised Cannabis Talk Kit, DFK’s Paris says, “As soon as the [legalization] legislation is formally passed, we will revise and re-issue a new booklet in time for the launch of our second wave of our national campaign in September.”

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  • Clay McCann

    We need a national conversation concerning MJ, grounded in evidence-based research, similar to the one we had over safe injection sites. But instead we have stakeholders like law enforcement (indeed, our very criminal justice system has long been addicted to War on Drugs transfer payments) shouting that they are ill-prepared for legal recreational, all the while strong-arming (through such BS artists as Bill Blair) repressive measures (such as stop and search) into C-45 (“the Cannabis Act”); we have big-L Liberals heavily invested (literally!) in the LP industry (is this not conflict of interest?) that produces toxic MJ (with a 1,000,000-car CO2 footprint!) sprayed with chemicals (Actinovate; BIOPROTEC CAF; Bioprotec PLUS; Botanigard 22 WP; Botanigard ES; MilStop Foliar Fungicide; Rootshield(R) WP Biological Fungicide; Vegol Crop Oil; Bio-Ceres G WP; Influence LC; Prestop; Sirocco; Agrotek Ascend Vaporized Sulphur; Neudosan Commercial; Opal Insecticidal Soap; Kopa Insecticidal Soap; Rootshield HC Biological Fungicide Wettable Powder–all currently approved by Health Canada); and we have LPs themselves embroiled in a bloody turf war / consolidation phase completely unregulated financial activities that will, very likely, result in ALL of Canada’s LPs owned by American pharmaceutical, tobacco, and alcohol hedge funds. These are the critical factors, beyond the mere hype of DARE and MADD and other bit players who can’t seem to shake their pro-Prohibition past (since when is MJ a drug but alcohol, coffee and cigarettes are not???).

    Join me in demanding more from an already corrupt neoliberal government scheme to create a so-called legal recreational MJ phenomenon. What good will any of this be, if we can’t smoke a joint in a smoking lounge of our favorite restaurant? If cops are banging on our doors at all hours, demanding to count our plants? If our kids are being bullied in high schools by neocon administrators and rent-a-cops? Or filmed on their buses by CCTV cameras (an actual provision in the Ontario’s Bill 174)? What social gains will be made if every tax dollar raised from legal weed costs CDNs $5-$8 in policing? And, ultimately, we must consider what good is legal MJ if the 55,000 CDNs charged with MJ-related offenses in 2016 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-offences-statistics-canada-1.4216688) is a flash in the pan compared to how many of us are bullied by zealous cops in roadblocks, and that number exceeds even 10,000 after legal recreational takes effect (1 July 2018)? In short: will legal Mj be a net gain, or a net loss for everyday CDNs?

    Time to be a citizen of this country and call your MP, ask why legal MJ is more offensive than the 94 years of Prohibition that precedes it!

  • Clay McCann

    Join me in demanding more from an already corrupt neoliberal government scheme to create a so-called legal recreational MJ phenomenon. What good will any of this be, if we can’t smoke a joint in the smoking lounge at our favorite restaurant? If cops are banging on our doors at all hours, demanding to count our plants? If our kids are being bullied in high schools by neocon administrators and rent-a-cops? Or filmed on their buses by CCTV cameras (an actual provision in the Ontario’s Bill 174)? What social gains will be made if every tax dollar raised from legal weed ends up costing Canadians $5-$8 in policing expenditures?

  • Clay McCann

    and we have LPs themselves embroiled in a bloody turf war / consolidation phase of completely unregulated financial activities that will, very likely, result in ALL of Canada’s LPs owned by American pharmaceutical, tobacco, and alcohol hedge funds. These are the critical factors, beyond the mere hype of DARE and MADD and other bit players who can’t seem to shake their pro-Prohibition past (since when is MJ a drug but alcohol, coffee and cigarettes are not???).

  • Clay McCann

    in the LP industry (is this not conflict of interest?) that produces toxic MJ (with a 1,000,000-car CO2 footprint!) sprayed with chemicals (Actinovate; BIOPROTEC CAF; Bioprotec PLUS; Botanigard 22 WP; Botanigard ES; MilStop Foliar Fungicide; Rootshield(R) WP Biological Fungicide; Vegol Crop Oil; Bio-Ceres G WP; Influence LC; Prestop; Sirocco; Agrotek Ascend Vaporized Sulphur; Neudosan Commercial; Opal Insecticidal Soap; Kopa Insecticidal Soap; Rootshield HC Biological Fungicide Wettable Powder–all currently approved by Health Canada);

    • Réal Guy

      M’yeah, and lets not forget myclobutanil of which the non-detectable concentration was found by Hydropothecary, who actually shared/broadcasted this information so openly one had to wonder if that wasn’t just meant to cause “criminal cultivators” to become self-vilifying agents themselves, by spraying this BANNED pesticide below the announced detection threshold, no sweat…

      Now thinking there was 200+ pesticides on the Washington list i can’t but imagine greed-driven cultivators using whatever type of pesticide they wish, as long as it remains non-detectable. Nobody would know until extensive testing is performed, i figure, while that would prove to extend the self-vilification to the most captive and vulnerable consumers of all: the “medical” client$ who must provide a legal signature simply to get a constitutional right respected, while being taken hostage to support an artificial view of the mind as if there’s such a thing as “medical” vs “criminal” or “recreational” tobacco/alcohol, prescription medication… soft drinks and whatnot!

      What’s so obsessive about cannabis if not those who don’t consume exactly??

      No wonder we can’t trust LPs to ever manage producing “bio” that can truly pass any test, their premise was all wrong to begin with and dame nature throws all the trouble at them which their twisted minds have warranted them!!

      Now imagine when Hydropothecary announces they’ll offer kosher!… What’s the price-tag going to be like past all the inflationnist stress?!!

      • Clay McCann

        I seriously doubt “criminal cultivators” would engage in anything resembling self-vilification (I studied these folks for ten years) by intentionally spraying myclobutanil, or Forbid 4F, or Avid, or anything that would turn their grow-spaces into toxic work sites. Do you? Because, if you believe this, we’re finished in this conversation. But, if you’re a reasonable “Real Guy,” you should understand it is LPs using banned (and permitted) chemicals to increase yields, fight powdery mildew, thrips, spider mites, etc.

        You should also understand LPs use enough electricity to produce their “natural” MJ that they rival a CO2 footprint equal to that of 1,000,000 automobiles.

        And, finally, you should understand LPs are run by ex-cops, ex-politicians (and currently serving ones!) and public spokespersons who, for decades, have been bald-facedly telling Canadians that MJ is poison, that MJ is made by gun-wielding gangster lunatics who want nothing more than to destroy our communities, and that people who consume MJ are “stupid” (actual quote, by Anne McLellan, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, and current employee of Bennett Jones LLP, a MJ-specific law firm specializing in law that McLellan helped write). To quote the RCMP: “MJ is the most dangerous drug in the world.” Now, who ya gonna believe?

        • Réal Guy

          Hi again Clay,

          « …if you believe this, we’re finished in this conversation. »

          Although we’re only starting the dialog, assuming we’re even allowed, what i believe is that there is an artificially-supported environment promoting self-vilification without the new vectors/victims even being aware of it nor even being able to avoid it. For example by imposing rules so strict the cultivation space needs to be located INSIDE this exposes tie-wearing cultivator$ to more temptation to rely more and more on pesticides, fast.

          Artisans at heart with genuine greenthumb talent would need to be coerced by very adverse economic stress, i imagine, which is yet another force controlled by a common bigot enemy, the anti-cannabic prohibitionist$, e.g. those who don’t need a single administrative body when all it takes for them is a common goal: the vilification of all things cannabis. A task implying the destruction of an heritage of careful/patient genetic selection, for example. Or by applying such extreme stress on the marketplace it can only crack along its lines of least resistance: e.g. follow the money, or more precisely the trails where it’s not flowing evenly…

          When it comes to credentials perhaps i should confess i started to consider myself a lost statistically-ellusive child of planet Itnoc through my conversion into vaporism. My generation was condemned to pay with our health conditions and lifestyles because of a purely mercantile invention which started being commercially successful as soon as 2 years after the 1881 patent (…), as i recall. I’m going to refer to the paper-rolling machine, because it made the cigarette format economically viable, during the Victorian era.

          The problem with paper + glue is that this consumption method reflected ZERO consideration for health in the 1st place and hence it would be impossible today to imagine anyone re-inventing the paper-rolling machine again and then expect to get filthy-rich again, while causing a public health issue of planetary scale, again…

          In my province the anti-tobacco law of Lucie Charlebois also affects the e-Cig and VAPORIZER markets greatly by casting a socio-toxic shadow on it all, while i expect the “Cannabis Act” to only manage making it worse, preventing a durable solution to ever fix the defective/obsolete smoker concept – which is more self-vilification promoted passively by a governement all too satisfied to do nothing to protect us other than re-invent prohibition, whatching us cough hard until we drop dead, 1 by 1.

          « …you should understand it is LPs using banned (and permitted) chemicals… »

          Hummm… Hydropothecary did that and it was the only single *1* LP Québec had at the time. The scandal caused them to move quick and bold by promissing to offer “kosher” quality!

          M’well i don’t know if it’s still possible to learn months later, suspecting pesticide soups designed to avoid detection will eventually emerge, starting with LPs which operate mostly indoors, no?

          One fear i have is that once the word is out now what’s stopping amateur self-productors from spraying with their own choice of chemical soup(s); after all i observed this happen in flowering before my own eyes, live, and i had no saying in these matters… Lets complete by explaining that there are guys who’s preference goes to a different kind of “buzz”, hence they grow for the money, then maybe some of the buzz but then even more money, to pay non-cannabic buzz…

          Even in Québec, champion province of electricity (…), it’s plain madness to force future producers to use artificial light when consumers are ready to appreciate more diversity in aroma/taste, THC/CBD/CBN ratios, presentation as dry flowers vs rextracts, which by the way prompts me to complain i’ve never heard anyone question an obvious/systemic absence of proper consideration(s) for the quality-chain under a controlled refrigerated atmosphere!

          On the contrary, mass-media is selling the idea that translucide jars aligned under spotlights is logical at 8.50+ $/g, before both taxes applied!

          Really, it’s like i ordered a wedding cake and it were sold to me in a box with its top and bottom swapped in transport, up-side-down, which is more vilification from a socio-toxic monopoly LPs avoid real competition via mafia-height price-tags.

          « Now, who ya gonna believe? »

          Sometimes it’s so hard to find a public face we can trust. Among those who once used their voice in our favour there was Louise Arbour, former high-profile UN insider, who severely criticized UNGASS 2016, because the system undermines itself when those who benefit from prohibition abuse it until moral outrage results… Maybe that’s what Trudeau is attempting to perform, by anihilating all remaining confidence in our public institutions!!

          Other than the former juge there’s also been candidate politician Joy Davies who was ridiculed over scientific articles by her future party, the Liberals…

          Far beyond the south border i most certainly think of Oregon’s congressman Earl Blumenauer: my hero from USA! I mean, his episode with the former “drug czar” Michael Bottichelli was absolutely succulent, a triumph of truth over evil.

          Just make sure you have a snack and some nice drink before you click [ Play ] to view it, or enjoy precious rememberances.

          Good day, have fun!!

          • Clay McCann

            You could recall Zizek’s famous line, (I paraphrase) where he suggests: if something is outside the dominant system, e.g. illegal growers, and it seems to be succeeding despite what appear to be leviathan-esque efforts to hinder it, e.g. War on Drugs, one consideration is that something actually supports the dominant system, e.g. BC having Canada’s “strongest economy” with 1/3rd the population of Ontario, and is, in turn, nurtured by that system, e.g. “busts” in BC averaging 2 – 4% of total indoors, less than 1% of total outdoors, and next to 0% of grey market.

            Still, I think your presumption about illicit indoor (and, by extension, outdoors) “spraying” with wild abandon off the mark. Chemical applications, the ones that actually work, are expensive and quite toxic, two motivating factors to cause growers to avoid using them. But there is also the iron will of the market to consider: I buy your toxic weed once, but never twice. And let us consider the grave risk in the LP event horizon given these considerations: the vast majority of early adapters/new MJ consumers will not know the difference. They could very well be consuming radioactive MJ–not a made up scenario: evidence suggests the tobacco industry has been using contaminated ferts for decades (low-levels of radioactivity) and so the cancer rates soared. Consider cancer rates spiked much later than America was smoking recreationally (and, by WW2, energetically!).

            Vilification by pundits is the least of my concerns. Don’t get me wrong, every time Pamela McColl appears in a comments section I shut her down. But these too shall pass, with widespread consumption patterns established, I believe the marketplace will correct itself. I’d like to see Anne McLellan and Raf Souccar and their gang investigated for conflict of interest–something I have reported to Canada’s COI Commissioner (was told no conflict exists!)–but, really, consumers will bend the market to their uses. Think of Ontario’s badly-devised retail plan: the OCRC was designed to show the public (in an election year) that the ON Liberals aren’t weak on MJ–they’re afraid of losing the next election which, by the way, is a mere three weeks BEFORE the national legal recreational MJ laws take effect–something the erstwhile ON PCs could exploit under a loosely-regulated dispensary program. But, really, how dumb is ON dumb (I’m from there)??? All that market data, all that consumer preference data, merchandising knowledge, marketing practices, inventorying methodologies, distribution ethos, etc. etc.etc. GONE!!! Thrown away like an idiot child drops a cherished toy when his attention is distracted.

            But, yes, back to the marketplace. Boutique MJ is the future, the gold standard. And the feds have seen this, see the “Proposed Approach to the regulation of Cannabis” (21 Nov. 2017) which outlines changes to the quite rigid C-45 to permit a boutique marketplace. The question before this commenter is, will such small-scale, what they’re calling “micro-cultivator” and “micro-processor” licenses, get snapped up like high-yield bonds once issued, absorbed into the fat-cat (and imbecilic) LP industry, like the poster families who “grow” eggs for McDonald’s, or will they remain staunchly independent, like hipster micro-breweries (the ones that remain staunchly independent), and nurture a real boutique MJ industry worth traveling to Canada to enjoy the Great White Mellow? Again, the market will likely answer these questions. How well did it answer thusly in the example of Big Liquor?

            Cheers Real Guy, it’s been great chatting with you.

          • Réal Guy

            Hi there Clay!

            Honestly, although we seem to share compatible driving forces there are avenues where i don’t follow, failing to appreciate the Zizek reference fully, for example: i’m not this much involved.

            Yet i do know the matter of which province gets the most might actually prove to be determined in court, relatively to some constitutional right common to *ALL* Canuck citizens in trading ALCOHOL (…) beyond any provincial border(s) in this country. M’well, if i understood this article correctly, right below:

            [ http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/upcoming-supreme-court-threatens-plans-for-provincial-marijuana-monopolies ]
            NP: Upcoming Supreme Court threatens plans for provincial marijuana monopolies (2017-Nov-22)

            « …on Dec. 6, the Supreme Court begins hearing arguments in a case that could mean the end of state-run monopolies… »

            But that’s not good enough. What we need is to get all of our constitutional rights back and i have hope the confederation of 1867 was generous enough to protect my individual right to stand tall and proud while growing outside on land which belongs to me privately, after it belonged to my father, and before to his father’s father, etc., for many generations. Too bad if it takes fences to make it “legal” but i always failed to see what’s the holier-than-you argument supporting more right in the bigot anti-cannabic prohibitionist camp to cause inapropriate 3rd-party interference resulting in self-vilification, only to serve vile unethical intentions turning “service” into “self-service” among so many predator groungs it’s stating to feel
            extreme, to say the least.

            The one mistake which consumers made in the course of history was to adopt SMOKING just because it felt convenient, then money spoiled it irremediably and today we’re put on the bench being told half-truths (lies) based on contaminated statistics spreading over decades (of THC-centric pesticide-laced cannabis wrapped in paper + glue to be SMOKED)… Of course there are artisans who don’t vilify, but who do you think serves the enemy best? Hence the apparent governmental indifference while promoting total abstainance, because in front of a camera all other alternatives make them spineless bastards fear.

            Evidently when i’m suspecting a source is socio-toxic i won’t support it twice, at least not willingly.

            But that’s me, i seek aroma/taste appreciation, more natural THC/CBD/CBN + terpenes (and more…) ratios, “bio” if possible at all, well cured and preserved, available for direct inspection before i buy, etc.

            INDOORS cultivation by LP is NOT taking us there, at least not through the shortest economical path!!

            Evidently radio-active sterilization by cobalt-60 sounds plain repulsive and i’m worried the tobacco heritage of P210 (promoting root growth) will be back via those same LPs to hunt us, again. Which at this point starts to look like the result of cruel institutionalized harrasment and hence my hope that high court juges may find this violates the spirit if not the letter of our confederation constitutive rights weighted against those of the hate-lovers/love-haters determined to make a dime on it.

            « I believe the marketplace will correct itself. … …really, consumers will bend the market to their uses. »

            In New Brunswick where more progress was already accomplished, maybe. But not in Québec where Montréal’s maire popped in the news about the taxation money, with Lucie Charlebois motivated by that same goal. No such thing here, the law is designed to intimidate consumers until the vanish from any environment, In The Name Of Children.

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/85f0be5ab8be025b7a96d00bb03c618b4a9f47ed2dca48c692e430ce98ee600a.gif

            All political parties in Québec chose to support the Liberals who are about Cultural Genocide, lucky you YMMV!

            Though i can still imagine support comming from alcohol producers and consumers in a province just like Québec, no sweat…

            Salutations to you too.

          • Clay McCann

            Sure, I guess. But you’ll excuse me, there’s a bigger storm brewing: the Americans are about to pass their ghastly tax bill which ought to land us squarely back in 1936. Perhaps we’ll meet again. Perhaps.

          • Réal Guy

            Not here in any case, i don’t think so.

  • Clay McCann

    We do need a national conversation concerning MJ, grounded in evidence-based policy, similar to the one we had over safe injection sites. But instead we have stakeholders like law enforcement (indeed, our very criminal justice system has long been addicted to War on Drugs transfer payments) shouting that they are ill-prepared for legal recreational, all the while strong-arming (through such BS artists as Bill Blair) repressive measures (such as stop and search) into C-45 (“the Cannabis Act”); we have big-L Liberals heavily invested (literally!)

    • Réal Guy

      My appologies Clay but we did get “science” discussions, at least twice for all i can tell actually. The problem is that it all occured behind closed doors while nobody was invited to give real-life customers a voice too. Take note this event was a symposium on “ADDICTION” and it took place at hotel Marriott in Montréal last year:

      https://www.csam-smca.org/events/csam-xxvi-annual-meeting-and-scientific-conference-from-october-20-22-2016/
      Joint Conference: ISAM and CSAM-SMCA XXVII Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference – Montreal (2016-Oct., 20 to 22)

      It’s one thing to hear about it on national TV in both official languages, yet another to be explained who the guests were all about exactly.

      For example, Kevin Sabet and Nora Volkow (Int’l.):

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00826ddf65053f20381242e02ee0272d775e0ca09e407677805d80831fbaa1b6.png

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c32c16c2786f34c9816e5eb8519aed9d99f2628d2b222a4aaf8055583077f55.png

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9fabe25689bb58598e53a9e6b4fc0fc64e275adf3cdf541b32685cc2068f6c42.png

      Plus local crusaders, the guy paid by a private company to manage the program on CBD for opioïd addictions, for example:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4958910c9249413452e2130868ae3da336c525edfa15e5b8158d2951302f674d.png

      Didier was in charge of “moderation” this year, apparently. Not to mention their timing was perfect, near halloween both in 2016 and 2017 as i recall:

      [ cpmdependance.ca ]

      [ http :// liferay6.cess-labs.com/documents/69080/80600/PROGRAMME+Symposium+CPMD+2017/29cdf088-7a9a-4c6b-96ee-a2e1e69fadb4 ]

      [ http :// liferay6.cess-labs.com/documents/69080/80600/HORAIRE+Symposium+CPMD+2017/6321e8e7-e564-4f4e-91a7-f06c899675a7 ]

      Most people don’t remember about it i’m sure, you really had to be watching to catch it all.

      One might think we should have heard of what’s been discussed, at least the main lines, but no. Yet there’s no doubt in my mind a lot of the “expert$”/”spe¢iali$ts” stuff came from these events and a few more which never made the news locally…

      Just Google around for Sabet, then it shall make more sense why he was selling his book while having the stage in front of 80+ some “scientifics”, probably prohibitionists like himself.

      How come??

      We had a clue with the Joy Davies 180° U-Turn even before going to elections. She was conveniently used by Liberals who were aware of her pro-cannabic convictions, hoping to seduce clueless voters with little time to react before the vote. Then those who voted Harper before we rewarded for their faith when the women’s candidacy was finally rejected, like a used preservative…

      The political “crime” of madame Davies had been to refer to science articles showing how controversial it can be when politicians begin to refer to “science” as that of doctor John Warnock in his Cairo assylum!

      Good day, have fun!!

  • Clay McCann

    As citizens of this country, not occupants, but citizens, we must consider what good is legal MJ if 55,000 CDNs charged with MJ-related offenses in 2016 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/cannabis-offences-statistics-canada-1.4216688) turns out to be a flash in the pan compared to how many of us are bullied by zealous cops in roadblocks? And should 2018’s number of MJ arrests exceed even 10,000 after legal recreational takes effect (1 July 2018)? In short: will legal MJ be a net gain, or a net loss for everyday CDNs?

  • Clay McCann

    Time to be a citizen of this country and call your MP, ask why legal MJ is more offensive than the 94 years of Prohibition that precedes it!

  • Réal Guy

    Hummm… 4 statements in 1 single title. Lets see what’s that all about:

    « Less Moral Outrage »
    « More Harm Reduction »
    « Revamping Cannabis Education…
    « …the Age of Legalization »

    WHAT??

    No joking.

    There *IS* good reason to hear more “moral Outrage” i believe, even more need just to listen.

    As for “Harm Reduction” and “Education” i’m expecting money will be spent in more propaganda, if not coerced “re-hab”. Hardly reducing any harm if that should ever verify in real statistics! If there are any useful/reliable non-contaminated numbers collected, that is…

    Ah, and the best of all that forces me to use a most over-used label these days: “Fake News”. M’yeah, ’cause, quite frankly, “légaleezation” just ain’t going to be anything close to what the average voter thought it sounded like, which is to make cannabis more legal, certainly not more criminalized!

    But TrudeauMania takes its toll in terms of fair representation for *ALL* Canuck citizens, not to mention the many generations yet-to-be-born which will endure more stigmatization expressed in very numerous forms of abuse through our public institutions. Now at the service of self-serving individuals with socio-toxic objectives quite frankly incompatible with true Canadian values, as i shall point out…

    M’well, until cap’tain Itnoc took over that is!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/671f7af2465588e2e8d2873046df3296b97af15b105fe017c6369306b5fef5b6.png

    In The Name Of Children…

    Good day, have fun!!

  • Clay McCann

    “The Cannabis Talk Kit, which was developed in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, has drawn positive reviews from parents and healthcare practitioners, said Paris.”

    You should do your homework, Druzin. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction is a wholly-financed Health Canada communications initiative, used to spread politically-motived mis-communication about drug use in Canada. For example, in my own research I came across “research” by the CCSA that stated MJ “cost” Canadians $6bn/yr., but when I read the “research” the numbers cited included associated health care costs for ALL illicit drugs, including heroin, meth, and fentanyl. Costs included were associated ones, such as emergency room visits, suicides (e.g. ambulance & critical care expenses), Hep-C and HIV-related expenses and so on, NONE OF WHICH are linked to MJ use. SO, yeah, a little critical inquiry would serve your reportage.