We always knew Canada’s plan to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis would come with some challenges, from police forces decrying their impending under-preparedness to government ad campaigns warning about the dangers of driving high. But thus far, the primary fallout of the push for legalization has been the strange, situational delusion that’s gripped a number of Canadian politicians, who’ve been driven to argue against legalization via the most astounding pronouncements. Call it Reefer Madness 2.0.
Ron Orr, a provincial politician for Alberta, claimed that cannabis legalization could lead to a communist revolution. Seriously.
It all started in July 2017, when Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu rose in the House of Commons. “We have already established that this legislation would put marijuana in the hands of children,” said Gladu. “Not just with the 15 joints that 12-year-olds can have, but with the four plants per household.”
Gladu was likely referring to the fact that the new bill does not criminalize youth for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana—though the assumption that a mere five grams equals 15 joints is a fantasia in its own right. More importantly, what’s the alternative? Does Ms. Gladu actually believe that 12-year-olds should be arrested and treated to the criminal justice system for being caught with a joint?
Gladu followed up with a widely mocked remark about the accessibility dangers of homegrown cannabis: “So Little Johnny can put some in the toaster oven and smoke it up.” The remark took the Canadian cannabis Twitterverse by storm, inspiring the hashtag #Toasterbud and widespread mockery.
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Last month, the anti-cannabis rhetoric really heated up. Ron Orr, a provincial politician for Alberta under the United Conservative Party banner, claimed that marijuana legalization could lead to a communist revolution.