Liberals and marijuana

Jonathan McLeod

January 17, 2012 | 3 Comments

Allow me to echo the general sentiments of my colleague, Charles Anthony, and give the Liberal Party a quick cheer for their policy resolution to legalize and regulate marijuana (though we might disagree about the regulation part). I may peruse the rest of the rump party’s policy resolutions (or I may not – I don’t [...]

Won’t someone please think of that woman’s child?

Jonathan McLeod

November 25, 2011 | No Comments

Thanks to The Volunteer‘s Hugh MacIntyre, I read an unsurprisingly weak column* by The Citizen‘s Kelly Egan. It appears that one son of one mother became addicted to marijuana, and, thus “ordinary” Canadians don’t want it to be legalized. Usually, a writer might have more shame than to end a story about the experience of [...]

Or we could blame the Drug Warriors

Jonathan McLeod

September 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

Sigh. The joint you smoke today could be the bullet that kills someone tomorrow. That’s the message from the RCMP and the federal government as they roll out a national initiative Wednesday aimed at shutting down marijuana grow operations across the country. If someone decides to smoke a little weed, they’re not hurting anyone. If [...]

Officially Sanctioned Violence

Jonathan McLeod

May 27, 2011 | 3 Comments

Writing in the Huffington Post, Radley Balko has a typically excellent report on typically abhorrent police abuse. Jose Guerena was an Iraq war veteran who died while protecting his family from armed intruders one night. Unfortunately for him, those intruders were drug cops executing a no knock raid on Mr. Guerena’s house looking for drugs [...]

Ottawa-Orleans Debate Fun

Jonathan McLeod

April 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

To any of our readers in the Ottawa-Orleans riding, there is an all candidates debate at the Shenkman Centre. I don’t live in the riding, but I’m going to be hanging out there with Richard. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll only have four mainstream candidates to listen to (no Marijuana Party of Marxist-Leninists are listed [...]

Happy 4/20

Jonathan McLeod

April 20, 2011 | 5 Comments

One year ago, I was working in a small office by Metcalfe St. in downtown Ottawa. I had a sliver of a window that stared up (again a sliver) of Parliament Hill. It was a nice day, so I wasn’t too surprised that people started to congregate on the lawn. However, as the day went [...]

Mercifully, Ontario Prescribes Weed for Election Campaign

Jonathan McLeod

April 13, 2011 | 3 Comments

Getting through leadership debates is tough, but, if you’re in Ontario, the courts are doing their best to help you cope: legalized marijuana: Ontario is one step closer to the legalization of marijuana after the Ontario Superior Court struck down two key parts of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act that prohibit the possession and [...]

Does this make any sense?

Jonathan McLeod

February 8, 2011 | 6 Comments

Following up on the pot/Church of the Universe story in yesterday’s Afternoon Links, we learn that the judge has decided the church and its ministers are not afforded protection by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Okay, that’s fine, up to a point. It’s a tough call, and I think we can all imagine people [...]

With a Little Help from Your Friends

Jonathan McLeod

September 24, 2010 | 9 Comments

Writing in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen, Dan Gardner has a good run-down of just how much the drug laws of the the U.S. and Canada have impacted other, poorer nations.  Our wretched ‘War’ on drugs has ruined countless lives of innocent citizens; it has also led to the thousands of deaths in Mexico and other supplier [...]

I am Rooting for Michael Vick

Jonathan McLeod

September 22, 2010 | No Comments

Those are words that I never thought I’d write, but when I read articles like this, I feel compelled to defend the convicted animal abuser as he rebuilds his life and NFL career: And when he fell, it was more sickening than spousal abuse, more appalling than a DUI, more visceral than mere criminality. He [...]

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