Because we all know about the red flags and breadlines that have been popping up around Colorado and Washington, right?
Marijuana legalization has been a big debate across the northern hemisphere for quite some time. Several U.S. states have legalized weed (and made lots of money in the process) while others have been experimenting with it for medicinal purposes. Then there are still others who want to keep it illegal.
Up north in Canada, the U.S.A’s younger and quieter little brother, the debate is also going on! Canadians who are against legal marijuana are using many of the same arguments Americans are using: It’s dangerous! It’s addictive! The communists want you to smoke it!
… Ok, that last one was new.
PressProgress reports: Alberta Conservative MLA Ron Orr is worried that legalizing marijuana could send Canada down a slippery slope into communism.
Standing in the Alberta legislature Wednesday to denounce the legalization of cannabis, the culture and tourism critic for Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party said “smoking marijuana” has become a “fashionable, refined pastime amongst the young.”
Darn those youths! How dare they have different political beliefs than my generation?!
And the Alberta lawmaker warned the “human, social cost of this is going to be astronomical,” but “nobody’s taken a moment to think about it.”
Orr, apparently, has thought about the recreational use of marijuana and he sees a “direct historical connection” with the use of opium in “seventeenth century China,” observing opium “was just a flower, and it was smoked, just like marijuana was smoked.”
As Orr went on to argue, the “historical parallels” should be cause for alarm when thinking about legalizing marijuana, because the opium trade led to “a number of serious wars” and set the stage for “the Chinese Cultural Revolution under the communists,” a road he says he’s “not really willing to go down”
Well… there are a few differences between opium and marijuana. Mainly that opium is people make heroin out of, so it may be just a little more addictive and dangerous.
Secondly, a communist revolution run by potheads would be the easiest revolution to stop in history! All you have to do is put a big pile of snacks in the opposite direction of wherever they’re marching and the problem solves itself!