Is it All Going to Pot in Canada?
Is everything going to hell when it comes to cannabis legalization in Canada? If you have been paying attention to news regarding the cannabis scene in Canada, this is probably a question you have recently asked yourself. Seeing how there have been numerous stories coming out of CA in the past several months from raids and a major change in hands of a cannabis culture iconic brand to dangerous LP grown pot that has potentially poisoned several individuals that are now filing legal motions, it’s easy to see why someone may ask themselves this question. Let’s take a minute to look at where Canada has been and where it appears Canada is heading next in terms of cannabis reform.
In Sept. of 2015 while on the campaign trail, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that his administration would “get started right away” on reforming the cannabis laws in Canada should he be elected. He went on to win that election on October 19, 2015 and took office as the Prime Minister shortly after. It would seem that things were still looking good and that he was going to come through with his promises when on April 20th of 2016 Jane Philpott, the Federal Health Minister announced that the Trudeau government would introduce legislation to legalize cannabis in the spring of 2017.
Spring forward just a month later and one of the biggest raids on cannabis dispensaries in Canada ever occurred in what is known as “Project Claudia”. This further attempted eradication of a plant resulted in 257 charges being filed against peaceful cannabis consumers, patients and advocates. Since Project Claudia there have been a lot of ups and downs that quite frankly have cannabis advocates a little phucking confused as to where things are headed from here. Especially since the recent events involving the Prince and Princess of Pot, Marc and Jodie Emery.
These same advocates are also asking why the hell are these dispensaries being raided when they are obviously capable of providing a much higher quality of cannabis and from the sounds of it, at a much more reasonable price than what is obtainable through the regulated Health Canada providers. Especially seeing how there are now as of March 18th, 3 lawsuits filed against an LP licensed cannabis producer due to the tainted cannabis provided to patients from these providers, and not a single one against dispensaries such as the many Cannabis Culture locations across Canada which have been raided numerous times.
So where is Canada headed in terms of cannabis reform on a recreational level? Well, it’s hard to tell at this point. The Trudeau government seems to want you to believe that they are right on track for staying true to his campaign promises seeing how at the end of the year his appointed cannabis legalization and regulation task force released recommendations on how cannabis should be regulated, produced and sold. One thing that is for sure is that the thousands of individuals throughout Canada and around the world that have been advocating for legalization in the country will not stop no matter what mixed signals they send at us. We are closer today than ever before and we will not stop until the voices of the people are heard and changes are made!