Frequent Bulldog contributor Ron Benn discovers the origin of public policy:
People have to look beyond the rhetoric and social positioning on this issue, and for that matter pretty much every policy initiative.
Policy initiatives in political parties do not come up from the grassroots. They never have and they never will. That is just an illusionist’s trick to distract you from how policy really gets to the front of the line. Policy makes it to the top of the legislative list when it is fully supported by the people of influence in the party. It doesn’t matter whether it is the Liberals, the Conservatives, the NDP or the Greens. That is how it happens.
With that as context, legalizing marijuana is not about how someone who already has a prescription for marijuana gets a wider choice of supply channels. This is about how a couple of generations, notably the people born in the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, can get their hands on some recreational pot without having to figure out how to find a dealer who happens to be young enough to be their child or grandchild. These are the people who want to smoke a few joints (or whatever the current terminology is) without fear of being arrested or robbed. These are the people who will ensure that the policy meets their needs. If the policy happens to help those with medical issues that are eased by using marijuana, that is just window dressing – but very important window dressing, because that is what the power brokers are hiding behind.
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