Possibly the most important 420 protest day ever
As the calendar creeps ever closer to the final, prohibition-era, 420 day of cannabis protest and celebration, I am convinced that, this year more than ever, we need to speak in a united voice. With legalization to follow just a few months after April 20, it is imperative that we expose the many flaws with the proposed cannabis act and related impaired driving bill.
I have never been to a formal 420 protest or celebration, but I have become increasingly embarrassed for our culture by the antics of some participants in places like Vancouver and Toronto. What started back in 1990 as an organized day of peaceful protest has descended into a commercial venture for organizers and vendors. The large gatherings are attended by some people who have no interest in promoting the message, but rather attempting to flaunt the laws and push the limits of public acceptance. Every year brings complaints, charges and hospitalizations arising from the out-of-control large scale ‘celebrations’ largely attended by high school kids. Unfortunately commercialization has muted any message or purpose for major 420 protests, and the news is focused on the negatives.
This year is different. This year our message must change. With the end of prohibition fast approaching, we no longer need to plead for legalization. What we need to focus on is the outrageous and overreaching points to this cannabis bill. For those that have been paying attention, we know what is coming with legalization is not all unicorns and rainbows. NOW is the time to speak loudly and clearly to make government aware that we are not going to accept their legalization plan as it is and they need to make changes. We need to speak loudly, intelligently and, most of all, united in our determination to prevent the government takeover of an industry that should benefit all.
I have made many, many points in the articles on this website that expose the flaws, weaknesses and constitutional issues I foresee with the Liberal’s version of legalization. I urge you to pick one or two that you really have an objection to and make that the message you send to Ottawa.
Are you angry that so many ex-cops and politicians have gone from jailing cannabis users to now becoming dealers? Julian Fantino who compared cannabis to murder is now set to profit from your consumption. The weedsel section will give you some ammunition and ideas.
Does the proposed 2 nanogram limit for drivers make you shake your head? Are you worried about being unfairly charged?
Protest Bill C-46.
Are you a Quebec or Manitoba resident who has been told your provincial government is going to deny you the right to grow four plants in defiance of federal regulations? Now’s the time to let them know that you are going to grow with or without their blessing.
Are you pissed that the LP’s have been given an unfair advantage by Ottawa and the micro-growers are being locked out? Stand up for your local growers and demand inclusion for ALL Canadians.
How do you feel about Ottawa and the provinces funnelling hundreds of millions of your tax dollars to law enforcement to control a substance that is no longer illegal? If police departments were not lacking resources to enforce cannabis prohibition, why would they need MORE money now that it is legal? There is lots of info on this site on this subject.
What about the decision by some provinces to create separate public cannabis retailers? Did you vote for your political representatives to become pot dealers? Would you rather your government focused on running your province instead of taking business opportunities and jobs from citizens? Tell them.
I will be protesting the proposed cannabis-impaired driving legislation and the barriers faced by would-be micro-growers as those are two issues that concern me. I ask you all to pick a point and do the same.
Whether you write your politicians or local newspaper or TV station, hold a sign on main street or just spread the message to anyone who will listen, I implore you to speak intelligently and loudly on April 20th. Let’s counter the negative image of a commercialized cannabis day with informed, intelligent comments, suggestions and outrage that will demonstrate that we will not accept prohibition 2.0 under any circumstances and we demand full legalization.
Happy 420 Everyone!
Any measures or rules that are more restrictive than those related to alcohol are excessive, over-reaching and quite possibly violate the Canadian Charter Rights.