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High Times – Canucks Deliver

Hey! It turns out that we Canadians are really, really good exporters!

Story on the MotherCorp this morning reporting that Canada is becoming a hub for the export of hard drugs like ecstasy and methamphetamine.

According to the 314-page report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Canada-based organized crime groups involved in the methamphetamine trade “has grown significantly.” As well, these groups have increased the amount of methamphetamine they have manufactured and exported.

Australia, for example, reported that 83 per cent of its total seized imports methamphetamine by weight came from Canada. In Japan, the figure was 62 per cent.

Hard drugs like these and their ilk… well, they suck. Totally. No good can come from taking these highly addictive substances that are not natural, expensive, dangerous and rotted in organized crime – which is also dangerous. You just don’t want to mess with those dudes. They ain’t all cute and cuddly like Tony Soprano.

So why is this happening? Why has organized crime established such a solid beachhead here in the ol’ True North? Where are the cops?

The police certainly keen to trot out bags of pot in front to the media whenever they run across a plot in a farmer’s field. Well, here’s a thought: why doesn’t our government and our police forces stop wasting time and money on the “War on Pot” and instead concentrate on breaking the supply chain of those substances that are actually harmful to individuals? Instead of going after some schmuck who wants to grow a few plants in his back yard for his own use, why not dedicate the bulk of these resources to eliminating the gangs that supply meph, E, crack cocaine, etc. These chemicals have ruined countless lives yet our police forces go full throttle after the suppliers of a herb that is less harmful than alcohol.

The reasons why the cops and our governments have chosen to spend the bulk of their budget on illicit drugs chasing pot growers is because it’s an easy win for them.

  • Pot plants are easy to find. They are tall. Stink to high heaven and require lots of space
  • The people that grow it don’t shoot back as often as those involved in harder drugs – so it’s safer for the cops
  • It makes good TV and can claim you’ve taken an over-inflated dollar value of marijuana “off the streets”.

And our governments? What about them? Why haven’t they acted?

Trashy could go on and on about this for pages and pages… but suffice it to say that they are simply cowards. The politicos are SO FREAKIN’ AFRAID to appear soft on drugs, or crime (even though growing pot barely qualifies as a crime). Plus – and perhaps more importantly – our neighbours to the South would freak out like a bunny on speed! Not only would we be labelled as the country with SOCIALIST medicine and a haven for terrorists, but we would also be portrayed (at least in the Conservative “press”) as a nest of pot growing junkies!

And man, those church-goers out in Alberta wouldn’t like THAT, now would they?

This is what I ask:

Police forces – recognise that the easy way out isn’t necessarily the best option. Yes, it is more dangerous to find these labs and yes, they are harder to find than a grow-op or a plot of weed in a field, but the social costs of the hard drugs are far higher and THAT is where your efforts should focus.

Politicos – OK, I know that the Harperites will never loosen marijuana laws… that would make too much sense. BUT, the Grits will be back in power in the next year or so and there are some in the party that feel that not only should pot laws be relaxed, but perhaps eliminate them altogether: regardless of what Uncle Sam thinks. Legalize the stuff. Allow the cultivation for personal use. Sell it in licensed shops. Tax it. Use the revenues to eliminate the hard drug trade and the criminal elements that rely on it.

Just do it.