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Toronto Dispensary Raid “Project Claudia”

Toronto Dispensary Raid

 

 

Thursday May 26th in Toronto Dispensary Raids took place in Kensington Market and on the Danforth. With warrants on locations, police officers forcefully gained access, confiscating  269 kilograms of dry marijuana, as well as other THC products. police charged 186 people as well as making 90 arrests.  Complaints had been made that these shops were causing a “broad impact ” on the neighboring area close to location. The target was on dispensaries that were claimed to have been distributing marijuana products that did not comply with the  marijuana-for-medical-use regulations.

While some bystanders made commits indicating that this was a good thing to have happen, others were not happy to have witnessed the Toronto raid take place.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion in regards to this situation. Whether you agree or not, personally i dont think it was necessary to make a scene by smashing shop windows.  For those that used these shops to get their medication from, they are now forced to go else where. Having these shops open to the public allowed marijuana users to get their THC from a safe and reliable source. Having a place to be able to get your medication from is crucial for many people, not just marijuana users.

In these kind of scenarios its been voiced by citizens that this is a waste of authorities’ time. That they’re not putting their resources to any good. Some people believe that there are more serious things happening in Toronto that should be addressed before taking action the way the have . Actions like these have left some people with disappointment.

Before the Dispensary raid to place, Notices were given earlier on this month to 78 property owners out of the 83 known medical marijuana dispensaries. Contravening the city’s zoning bylaw, these dispensaries were informed in the notice.

If it wasn’t for events like 420 protests or people gathering to voice  their preference towards marijuana,  we wouldn’t have legalization. This is going to be a long going process to have legalization, as well as a costly matter. This is worth speaking up, and fighting for!

I have a strong opinion towards marijuana, and the good it brings to people. It has so many things to offer and not just smoking and getting high, the marijuana can bring so much more to the table!

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https://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2016/05/27/police-chief-talks-about-marijuana-raids.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-marijuana-shops-warrants-1.3601413

 

Will Canada soon legalize recreational marijuana?

The ignorance of the Canadian Prime Minister

Marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, the Canadian Prime Minister, says. The remarks came during a recent federal leaders’ debate, in which Harper clashed with Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the issue of legalization. The Prime minister is vehemently opposed to the idea, saying that regulating its sale in the same way as cigarettes or alcohol would do nothing to keep it out of the hands of kids.

The Liberals support legalization;  Trudeau, the Liberal leader, argued during the debate that if marijuana were legal and regulated, young people would be less able to easily get the drug than they are currently. When asked how the Conservatives square that position with the fact medicinal marijuana is currently used by thousands of Canadians to treat a variety of causes, Ignorant Harper said there’s overwhelming evidence about the drug’s long-term effects. Trudeau went on to accuse the Prime Minister of implementing  anti-marijuana policies that allow the drug to fund “criminal organizations, street gangs and gun-runners.“It is our intention to stop Mr. Harper’s failed approach on marijuana,” Trudeau added.

Canadian propaganda

Last year, Health Canada kicked off an anti-marijuana ad campaign saying the drug was responsible for lower IQs, a statement derived from two separate studies whose conclusions have since been challenged and debunked. The Prime Minister also often links  marijuana use to increased risks of mental health issues, such as psychosis and schizophrenia, but medical research on that is divided as well. Harper likened what the government is trying to do with marijuana to its tobacco control strategy. “We’ve spent a couple of generations trying to reduce the use of tobacco in Canada with a lot of success,” he said. “Tobacco is a product that does a lot of damage — marijuana is infinitely worse and is something we do not want to encourage.” The Canadian Cancer Society notes that while 85 per cent of lung cancers can be directly linked to smoking, evidence is still needed to know whether there’s a similar cancer risk posed by smoking marijuana, at this point it is believed that marijuana is not a risk for lung cancer and their is no evidence as of yet that it is a risk. The health minister said that she was skeptical that the government can keep marijuana out of the hands of children. “We know that our experience with alcohol says otherwise,“. She also repeated the  oft-used claim that should the Liberal plan succeed, marijuana will be available for sale in corner stores. However, Trudeau said he was not “comfortable” with the idea”. “At this point, I don’t think corner stores necessarily are rigorous enough at checking ID to make me comfortable with that as an option,” he said. The Liberals will legalize marijuana and an elected Liberal government would begin working to legalize and regulate marijuana “right away,” Justin Trudeau says. “The Liberal Party is committed to legalizing and regulating marijuana,” Trudeau said, The Liberal Party Leader declined to set a firm timeline for legalization, but vowed to make it an early priority if elected on Oct. 19. He said legalizing marijuana would fix a “failed system” and help “remove the criminal element” linked to the drug. Trudeau said legalization could happen anywhere from a month to “a year or two” into a Liberal government, but he would make sure the process gets underway shortly after taking power. Trudeau has voiced his support for relaxing marijuana laws in the past, but he has largely stayed away from addressing the issue during the election campaign.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has said, in the past, that he supports decriminalizing marijuana. However, he has not committed to legalizing it.

How Marijuana became illegal in Canada

Cannabis was added to the Confidential Restricted List in 1923 under the Narcotics Drug Act Amendment Bill after a vague reference to a “new drug” during a late night session of the House of Commons on April 23, 1923. Historians usually point to the 1922 publication of Emily Murphy’s “The Black Candle” as the inspiration for the addition. Murphy was a member of the “Women’s right to vote movement” and police magistrate (justice of the peace) who wrote a series of articles in Maclean’s magazine under the pen-name “Janey Canuck,” which formed the basis of her book. She uses numerous anecdotes culled mostly from anti-drug reformers and police to make her arguments, which make strong links between drugs and race and the threat this poses to white women. One  chapter is entitled “Marahuana – A New Menace”, and makes the claim that the only ways out of cannabis addiction are insanity, death, or abandonment.

Medical marijuana in Canada

Since July 2001, Cannabis is legal to possess, consume, or grow for medicinal purposes under certain conditions within the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations issued by Health Canada. Canada was the first country in the world to legalize medical marijuana. The cultivation of the hemp plant of the genus Cannabis is currently legal in Canada for seed, grain and fiber production only under licenses issued by Health Canada.

Regarding the use of weed recreationally, in a country where alcohol, tobacco, refined sugar, and even personal beliefs are enshrined in law… marijuana has no business being  outlawed. Trudeau is showing that he has a new Canadian vision for the 21st century. The old days of religious driven ethics and policies are dying out with the 65+ generation and its about time. It is time to legalize and regulate pot. It would generate tons of revenue, create numerous small businesses and jobs and significantly reduce costs to the public. One Canadian citizen says, “I hate feeling like a criminal, because I enjoy relaxing after a hard days work. I have never enjoyed drinking, I don’t smoke cigarettes. I should be able to have a “Pause, for the Cause” once in a while, in the privacy of my own home. But the government would rather lock me up instead”.

Public Opinion

Since 2003, public opinion polls have found most Canadians agree with decriminalizing marijuana use for recreational purposes., “The use of marijuana should be decriminalized”. A 2015 poll conducted by Forum Research showed that 68% of Canadians are in favor of relaxing cannabis regulations.

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Sources

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http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/10/03/harpers-pot-is-infinitely-worse-than-tobacco-assertion-misleading-health-experts.html

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http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/canadian-politics/marijuana-is-infinitely-worse-than-tobacco-stephen-harper-says-as-he-encourages-pot-debate-to-go-up-in-smoke

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stephen-harper-pot-marijuana-1.3255727

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/election/pot-policy-harper-trudeau-clash-over-marijuana-legalization-1.2593466

http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/election/liberals-committed-to-legalizing-marijuana-trudeau-1.2588260

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_Canada

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marihuana_for_Medical_Purposes_Regulations

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legal_history_of_cannabis_in_Canada#cite_note-23

Why Should We Legalize Marijuana?

Why Should We Legalize Marijuana?

The majority of Canadians want marijuana legal, weed should be made legal.

The majority of Canadians want the federal government to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana, according to a new Forum Research poll.

According to Forum Research inc, A Forum Poll (Canada’s leading public opinion poll and the most reliable chronicle of the public pulse in the country), released August 20th, showed that 53 per cent of Canadians agree that marijuana should be legal. When asked how the government should deal with it, 35 per cent said it should be legalized and taxed and 33 per cent said it should be decriminalized for small amounts. Only 15 per cent of respondents said the laws regarding marijuana should remain as they are currently and 12 per cent said penalties for sale and use should be increased.

Many supporters of legalization believe harsh drug laws haven’t limited access to marijuana, but instead have cost billions of dollars on arrests and imprisonment of nonviolent drug offenders.

Why we should legalize marijuana?

  1. Prohibition has enormous social costs.

Effects of prohibition run from wasted resources to ruined lives. Our police devote thousands of hours to arresting, booking and imprisoning marijuana smokers, many of whom are otherwise law-abiding. According to the New York Times, ““It can take a police officer many hours to arrest and book a suspect. That person will often spend a night or more in the local jail, and be in court multiple times to resolve the casThe hundreds of thousands of people who are arrested each year but do not go to jail also suffer; their arrests stay on their records for years, crippling their prospects for jobs, loans, housing and benefits.”

  1. The benefits of criminalization are minuscule to nonexistent.

Cannabis prohibition is quite costly, A fair analysis of criminalization must also consider its benefits. The thing is, it’s not clear that there are any.

If law enforcement agencies wanted to find a good “minor offense” correlate for violent, dangerous crimes, marijuana use doesn’t make a lot of sense. The high itself doesn’t inspire violence, and there is no real case to be made that smoking pot causes one to go on to worse crimes. Even the gateway effect—the theory that cannabis leads to other drugs—was discarded long ago.

  1. Prohibition is racist.

In one of its series of editorials, the The New York Times reviews the history of cannabis criminalization, and finds it has been racist from the outset in the 1930s. The campaign to make pot illegal was “firmly rooted in prejudices against Mexican immigrants and African Americans, who were associated with marijuana use at the time.” The word “marijuana” was popularized as a way to associate the plant with Mexicans.

Harry Anslinger, the man who single-handedly set the tone for 20th-century attitudes towards drugs, for 32 years (1930-1962) he was the first Commissioner of the US Bureau of Narcotics. He was criminalization’s biggest champion, he formed the basis of the movement to make weed illegal: In 1937 he declared “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers,” Anslinger declared. “Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.” “Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.” According to a comprehensive 2013 report by the American Civil Liberties Union, in the US, ““Whites and blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rates; on average, however, blacks are 3.7 times more likely than whites to be arrested for possession.”

  1. Weed has legitimate medical effects.

In August, 2013, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent wrote, “Over the last year, I have been working on a new documentary called Weed.” I traveled around the world to interview medical leaders, experts, growers and patients. I spoke candidly to them, asking tough questions. What I found was stunning. I used to mistakenly believe that the Drug Enforcement Agency listed marijuana as a schedule 1 substance because of sound scientific proof. Surely, they must have quality reasoning as to why marijuana is in the category of the most dangerous drugs that have “no accepted medicinal use and a high potential for abuse”. They didn’t have the science to support that claim, and I now know that when it comes to marijuana neither of those things are true. It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works. Take the case of Charlotte Figi, who I met in Colorado. She started having seizures soon after birth. By age 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on seven different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month. I have seen more patients like Charlotte first hand, spent time with them and come to the realization that it is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that. “

Despite medical marijuana being legal in Canada, Weed is still difficult and risky to obtain for millions of people who could benefit from it. Loosening marijuana laws would help many of these people, and repealing prohibition would help all of them.

  1. Marijuana Is Not, Repeat Not, a Gateway Drug

Access to marijuana and drugs and the pressures of the illicit market do tend to be predictors of drug use. It’s not the weed that’s the gateway, it’s the prohibition of it. Nobody thinks of booze and cigarettes as gateway drugs because there’s no heroin and cocaine next to it on the store shelves. But when you have to break the law and visit an illicit market to use weed, you’re also presented with greater access to other drugs. And for some, once they’ve violated the law and become “a druggie”, there is a loss of an inhibition, a crossing of a line, that someone who is a legal drinker doesn’t feel. For others, when they do get access to weed and discover it’s not the deadly dangerous devil’s lettuce that will shrink their balls, enlarge their man-boobs, lead to heroin, and turn their brain into a fried egg, they feel lied to and bamboozled and may lose the inhibition of believing the mostly-factual information about hard drugs.

It is not marijuana use but individuals’ opportunities and unique propensities to use drugs that determine their risk of initiating hard drugs.

  1. Cannabis is far less harmful than alcohol and tobacco.

We have been led to believe that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug that destroys lives and is a far greater risk than other recreational drugs such as alcohol. Governments have tried to convince the public that people who use pot are more at risk to themselves and the public than those who use alcohol. A new study now shows that smoking the controversial plant is about 114 times safer than drinking alcohol.

What could make marijuana good?

In fact, alcohol was found to be the deadliest drug on an individual level, at least when it comes to the likelihood of a person dying due to consuming a lethal dose. Heroin and cocaine were the next most deadly substances, followed by tobacco, diazepam, amphetamine, methadone, ecstasy, and meth. Trailing up the rear was marijuana.

Many people die from alcohol use. Nobody dies from cannabis use. People die from alcohol overdoses. There has never been a fatal cannabis overdose. The health-related costs associated with alcohol use far exceed those for marijuana use. Alcohol use damages the brain. Cannabis use does not. Alcohol use is linked to cancer. Cannabis use is not. Alcohol is far more addictive than cannabis. Alcohol use increases the risk of injury to the user. Cannabis use does not. Alcohol use contributes to aggressive and violent behavior. Cannabis use does not. Alcohol use is a major factor in violent crimes. Cannabis use is not. Alcohol use contributes to the likelihood of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Cannabis use does not.

Marijuana is the least dangerous recreational drug. Marijuana has the lowest risk of mortality.

Still, in what is likely thousands of years of human consumption, there have been no documented deaths as a result of marijuana overdose. A marijuana user would have to consume 20,000 to 40,000 times the amount of THC in a joint to be at risk of a fatal dose.

Marijuana laws are ineffectual. It is a plant. It grows like belladonna and mushrooms and corn and soybeans and hops. For the believers it is one of God’s gifts.

The narrative about marijuana is indeed changing in the Canada, and the old scare tactics about addiction and crime simply don’t ring true. Instead, voters are showing a record willingness to explore the potential benefits of decriminalizing marijuana. And because voters want to talk about legalizing weed, elected officials will have to evolve in order to keep up.

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