It’s hard to believe that in 2013 we’re still scrutinizing those who smoke marijuana.
What’s the big deal about a politician smoking a little bit of pot after a long day of policy meetings, budget discussions or having to listen to an assembly full of opinionated people?
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford doesn’t think it’s a big deal. He admitted to smoking “a lot” of pot throughout his life and isn’t afraid to say so.
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently admitted to having a puff from a joint at a dinner party three years ago, after he became an MP. Ever since, fellow ministers have jumped down his throat for it – Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Trudeau showed a “profound lack of judgement.” Well, duh. He was high.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also revealed to the media that she has puffed the natural herb, but not in 35 years.
While Trudeau’s admission may have sparked criticism, what it really did was reignite the debate for the legalization of marijuana in Canada. This is a good thing.
Let’s just think for a moment what life would be like in high society.
For one, Edelweiss resident Sandy Daviau, who suffers from multiple sclerosis wouldn’t have to deal with the trafficking charges cops laid on him when they found his medical stash; he wouldn’t have had to search the country for a doctor willing to sign off on a medical marijuana license; and he wouldn’t have had as many flareups with his disorder as he did over the past two years.
Sure, some good did come out of his bust – Daviau can now legally smoke and grow his own pot – but if you ask him, he would have rather just been left alone on his Hills farm to smoke in peace.
Think about the police resources that could be spent busting real criminals – like cocaine and ecstasy dealers, who sell pills to high school kids at Des Lacs School in Masham.
The weekly large pot busts in Val-des-Monts and Cantley wouldn’t take cops away from neutralizing the real Hills threats – mainly speeders, drunk drivers and beaver killers.
And in good old “Bakefield,” legalizing pot could go a long way for the economy of the village.
How many cafes have we seen open up and close in Wakefield over the last few years? Surely a pot cafe would remain open, since its baked clientele would spend more to feed their munchies.
Also, we could finally market that “Gatineau Gold” everyone ‘s been talking about.
And Kaffe steak nights would be busier; there would be an increase in Doritos consumption at our local depanneurs; and Cinema Wakefield movie nights would be a lot funnier.
You see, it’s a win-win situation.
It’s no secret that a large percentage of Hills folk puff the magic dragon, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since these parts are full of artists, musicians and eccentrics who enjoy chilling out with a joint by the river.
I think it’s time to invite Mr. Ford and Mr. Trudeau to Wakefield for a politicians retreat to show them what chilling out really means.