A Matter of Sovereignty

It just so happens that I don’t smoke pot, but I have friends who do — some for medicinal ends and some for recreation — and I don’t think they should ever be criminally charged for doing so.

Current laws regulating marijuana in this country are schizoid. It is possible for some people to get a license to smoke pot if it’s for medicinal purposes; however, for the most part, the sources from which they can obtain MJ are not legal. That said, most Canadians’ attitude towards “soft drugs” like marijuana are quite relaxed, and it’s in view of this attitude that the Canadian government has been wrestling with the notion of decriminalizing simple possession. But that notion is at odds with the decades-long and largely ineffectual “War on Drugs” being carried out by the government to the south of our border.

When this story broke in the news on Friday, I reacted viscerally. “The warrant was executed on behalf of the U.S. government,” we are told. And while I’m certain most Canadians do not condone criminal activity, I’m also pretty sure that most are perturbed by how the government of another country can be allowed to have so much reach within our own country.

If the warrant had been to stop a terrorist plot in its track, that would be a different matter. Or if a U.S. murderer had slipped into our country, he or she definitely should be extradited. But over marijuana? I think it’s time for Canada to reassert its sovereignty.