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Ok, explain this to me….In a country where smoking pot is still illegal, smoking in parks is illegal and selling pot is illegal not only do the police not impose the law they provided security for an event in Stanley Park.

Now let me put aside the marijuana question for now and just focus on the laws banning smoking in parks.If any smoker of a regular cigarette lights up in a park they would be fined a minimum of $250. So instead of implement laws that apply to all who smoke, no matter what it is, they ignore it and shut down the Vancouver Aquarium to protect their visitors and animals. I don’t know, 50,000 x the minimum $250 fine would have net the city 12.5 Million dollars. I mean even if the police only managed to fine 1/2 the people there that is still over 6 million dollars just doing the job they get paid for.

I know this is a controversial topic in a country that seems set to legalize marijuana in a year or so, but marijuana seems in a lot of ways, in the last few years, to have gotten a free pass. This is not the first event where people get together to smoke pot with the police just watching and yet not a person has been arrested or fined for doing it. Illegal is illegal, I don’t care what new rules are coming down the pipe; you break the law you pay, otherwise what is the point of the law. By this same right, I should be able to get 50,000 of my closest friends and go store to store robbing them and the police should provide an escort as we do it. That is what this is teaching our young people, get enough people on board and you can do whatever you want.
Let me now address the most important issue here. I know the drug trade causes all sorts of issues, but that is not likely to change, except for maybe drug types, until we decide as a nation to get hard on these criminals. The real problem that no one seems to want to talk about is the major health concerns, particularly for those who start young. In spite of government and media warnings about health risks, many people see cannabis as a harmless substance that helps you to relax and ‘chill’ – a drug that, unlike alcohol and cigarettes, might even be good for your physical and mental health. The truth is research over the last 10 years has now sufficient evidence to show that those who use cannabis particularly at a younger age, such as around the age of 15, have a higher than average risk of developing a psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. This can also affect older people as well. The major toxic chemical in marijuana is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), this is a poison that if you ingested one pure drop of it you would die. If that was not bad enough it has been found that the cannabis plant also contains cancerogenic mutagens which can cause cancer…so much for being better than cigarettes.
Looking at this I see two problems; first, you have people being allowed, even helped, to commit a crime! Secondly, we are considering legalizing another substance that is already adding stress to our already overwhelmed health system. Why do we keep shooting ourselves in the foot and then complaining when it starts to bleed. What we should do is enforce the laws already in effect and be harder on criminals, instead of slapping them on the wrist and letting them offend again and again.

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