New Brunswick Plans to Treat Your Legal Weed Like a Weapon

As Canada scrambles to prepare for the federal government’s July 2018 deadline for recreational marijuana legalization, the provinces have slowly started to reveal proposed legislation of how they plan to handle the plant.

Bickering between the federal and provincial government has already started due to the proposed federal tax scheme announced last week that outlines a minimum tax of $1 for every gram or 10 percent of the final retail price, whichever is higher — plus GST. The disagreement is not over the tax amount, rather how the revenues would be split. While the feds want a 50/50 even split between them and provinces, resistance has been met by the likes of Alberta finance minister Joe Ceci. Ceci highlighted to reporters that the provinces will “do a majority of the heavy lifting around legalization” and in turn, “they should get a majority of the tax revenue”.

All while Canada figures out how to reconcile the provincial pusherman and the federal taxman, the scrutinous citizens are already shaking their heads with criticism over how the provinces are proposing the roll out of marijuana legalization. Ontario was the first to confirm they’ll choke distribution of marijuana to a small number of government regulated dispensaries overseen by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, and the sighs were shared in the Atlantic region in late October as the New Brunswick government appears ready and willing to follow suit.

By the summer of 2018, NB Liquor will be ready to operate their “tightly controlled” marijuana dispensaries. Much like Ontario, New Brunswick are shooting low with only 20 provincial dispensaries planned. To many, the inadvertent message is clear: don’t worry black market, they’re still leaving you a lot of ground.

The New Brunswick government have elaborated on their grand scheme for legit cannabis by unveiling the proposed Cannabis Control Act on November 7th.

For the most part, the stipulations of the act are not much of a surprise. 19+ age restriction for purchase and possession, no public consumption, harsh laws for impaired driving, and making you lock your weed up as if it were a firearm…

Wait, what was that last one?

“For people here in New Brunswick who have guns in their houses, it’s locked. It’s their responsibility. This will be the same thing,” Denis Landry, the province’s justice and public safety minister, told Global News.

With a history of plaguing our youth with criminal records, disproportionately affecting minorities, and tying up our court system over a mild substance that has largely become socially acceptable since the 1960s, the Liberals made it clear that the end to marijuana prohibition was being done for one main fat Canadian reason: to protect our children.

The New Brunswick government might be taking that slogan a little too far with this whole “treat weed like a weapon” thing, and it may be leaving the doors open for further legal hogwash to stog up our judicial pipes.

In a world where your unlatched liquor and medicine cabinet doors can swing freely in your household, with vodka and painkillers a mere twist and pop away, why is a few grams of dry herb a concern? Or at least why is the concern not remedied by the same safeguard we treat opioids and other medications with: y’know, childproof caps.

Perhaps they’re right. I mean, the last thing we’d want is for a child to fall victim to a self-inflicted bong rip to the head after finding a haphazardly stored half ounce in their parents sock drawer.

By the way things are going, I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of outlandish circumscriptions surrounding Canada’s new cannabis system. So stay tuned, we’ll be here to bust them up for you as the government doles them out.

Stay safe,
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