How cute! Young Zach Thinks The LPC Will Actually Do Something About Cannabis Decrim ... Don't hold your breath !!
I vowed to myself, sometime back, that ANYTIME I see a member of the Liberal Party of Canada talk about or suggest the lessening of penalties for simple possession of cannabis, that I would contain my cynicism and frustration long enough to address the LPC's dismal record on the matter.
Liberal booster, Zach Paikin has decided to stick his big toe into the waters of debating cannabis decrim. Surely he knows the sorry and extremely dishonest political track record of the Liberals on this issue?
While they were in power, Canada's former Liberal government introduced marijuana reform legislation a number of times ... and then let the Bills die on the order paper session after session, year after year.
Well because they were playing both sides of the political fence as Liberals frequently do! The Liberal Party of Canada NEVER had ANY intention of EVER reforming marijuana laws! Period!
Let me explain the REAL Liberal Party policy on cannabis law reform:
-If you are in favor of marijuana law reform, the Liberals point to their numerous pieces of proposed legislation that would lessen sentences for simple possession. They sound progressive and sincere.
-However, if you are not in favor of marijuana law reform, the Liberals give you a knowing 'wink' and reassure you that they had NO intention of ever actually passing the many decrim bills that they introduced.
For years, pot reform advocates let the Liberals off the hook, because, 'reform was on the horizon'! The Libs were going to show progressive action on the issue. Hmmm ...that's NOT what the record demonstrates.
Young Zach would be better off acknowledging the historical hypocrisy of the LPC ... and maybe make the moves necessary to join a real political party that understands the reality of this situation - that most Canadians believe the current penalties are excessive and that actual reform is needed.
(Photo courtesy The Hill Times / Jake Wright ...)