Friday, January 10, 2014

Peter MacKay’s highs and lows on marijuana

The other day, federal justice minister Peter MacKay told reporters he’s “completely fine” with medical marijuana:

“Having it regulated, having it made legally available to Nova Scotians — I’m completely fine with that as long as it’s in compliance with Health Canada and they have met the approvals. I don't think there's any denying that medical marijuana is a great source of comfort and treatment for Canadians.”

Hopefully the CBC will put a disclaimer on the story that no one under the age of 18 should read MacKay’s comments on marijuana, because he’s made clear before that only adults should be exposed to such opinions.

“Now I could see Justin Trudeau coming before an assembly like ours, or going before a police convention, or going before a group of even college students. But to discuss this subject matter in front of children, some of them preteens, about his proposal to legalize marijuana, I find just appalling”

But then again, MacKay may be open to softening Canada’s pot laws.

“That doesn't mean decriminalizing or legalizing, but it does mean giving police options, for example, to issue fines in addition to any other sanctions, or as a substitute for other sanctions. These are things that we are willing to look at in the new year, but there's been no decision taken."

Of course, he also thinks marijuana is an evil demon weed.

“Both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Ford, who have admitted to using drugs while in office … do not set a very high standard or example for the country. It sets a very poor example. There’s no question about it.”

Not to mention against the law.

"It is currently against the law to smoke dope"

So, to sum up: using marijuana is against the law and those that use it set a bad example and even discussing the issue around people under the age of majority is near-treason, but we may soften the laws that govern it and using it medically is completely fine and helpful.

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