Harper Blows More Hot Air on YouTube Marijuana Questions

Harper Blows More Hot Air on YouTube Marijuana Questions

http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2010/03/16/Harper-Blows-More-Hot-Air-YouTube-Marijuana-Questions By Jeremiah Vandermeer, Cannabis Culture – Tuesday, March 16 2010 Harper giving a smug grin after (barely) answering questions about marijuana which dominated YouTube's question/answer poll.Harper giving a smug grin after (barely) answering questions about marijuana which dominated YouTube’s question/answer poll. CANNABIS CULTURE – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered questions this evening in a YouTube-sponsored poll and interview where marijuana was the #1 issue. As expected, the PM rehashed the same old tired arguments in defense of his destructive cannabis policies. Marijuana- and crime-related questions dominated the YouTube/Google poll, coming in #1, #2, #3, #4 and several other spots in the top 10. A similar poll of “Ideas for Change” for US President Obama on Change.org also places marijuana legalization at #1. Below is the video and transcript of Harper’s response to questions about marijuana:

Stephen Harper Talks About Marijuana

Uploaded by  on 16 Mar 2010

CANNABIS CULTURE – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper answered questions this evening in a YouTube-sponsored poll and interview where marijuana was the #1 issue. As expected, the PM rehashed the same old tired arguments in defense of his destructive cannabis policies.

http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2010/03/16/Harper-Blows-More-Hot-Air-YouTube-Marijuana-Questions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp210pZSKk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp210pZSKk TRANSCRIPT:

PATRICK PICHETTE: The last question that we have today was the question that was passed with the most votes, and it’s about marijuana. RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Oh really! PATRICK PICHETTE: It was the question with the most votes, tackled the subject of marijuana. And it is written as follows: “A majority of Canadians, when polled, say they believe marijuana should be legal for adults, just like alcohol. Why don’t you end the war on drugs and focus on violent criminals?” RT. HON. STEPHEN HARPER: Well, it’s a good question. I’m not sure I’ve seen this particular poll. There are different polls on this subject that show different things, but you know, I have to say young children, I guess they’re now…Ben and Rachel are now getting pretty close to 14 and 11, but maybe they’re not that young, but they are at the age where, you know, they will increasingly come into contact with drug use, and I guess as a parent, you know, this is the last thing I want to see for my kids or anyone else’s children. You know, I understand that people defend the use of drugs, but that said, I don’t think…I think I’ve been very fortunate to live a drug-free life, and I don’t meet many people who’ve led a drug-free life who regret it. Met a lot of people who haven’t, who’ve regretted it. So this is something that we want to encourage obviously for our children, for everybody’s children. Now, I also want people to understand what we’re really talking about here when we’re talking about the drug trade. You know, when people say focus on violent crime instead of drugs, and yeah, you know, there’s lots of crimes a lot worse than, you know, casual use of marijuana. But when people are buying from the drug trade, they are not buying from their neighbour. They are buying from international cartels that are involved in unimaginable violence and intimidation and social disaster and catastrophe all across the world. All across the world. You know, and I just wish people would understand that, and not just on drugs. Even when people buy, you know, an illegal carton of cigarettes and they avoid tax, that they really understand the kind of criminal networks that they are supporting, and the damage they do. Now, you know, I know some people say if you just legalized it, you know, you’d get the money and all would be well. But I think that rests on the assumption that somehow drugs are bad because they’re illegal. The reason drugs…it’s not that. The reason drugs are illegal is because they are bad. And even if these things were legalized, I can predict with a lot of confidence that these would never be respectable businesses run by respectable people. Because the very nature of the dependency they create, the damage they create, the social upheaval and catastrophe they create, particularly in third world countries…I mean, you look now, you look at Latin America, some of the countries to the south of us, and the damage the drug trade is doing, not just to people’s lives as drug users. Look at the violence it’s creating in neighbourhoods, the destruction of social systems, of families, of governmental institutions, the corruption of police forces. I mean, these are terrible, terrible organizations, and while I know people, you know, have different views, I must admit myself sometimes I’m frustrated by how little impact governments have been able to have on the drug trade internationally. But we should not fool ourselves into thinking that if we somehow stopped trying to deal with it, it would suddenly turn into a nice, wholesome industry. It will never be that. And I think we all need to understand that, and we all need to make sure our kids understand, not just that our kids…hopefully not just understand the damage drugs can do to them, but they understand as well the wider social disaster they are contributing to if they, through use of their money, fund organizations that produce and deliver elicit narcotics.

Harper was also gave a hollow answer when asked about mandatory minimum sentencing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZErXMtGdXohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZErXMtGdXo

Canada (almost) Legalizes Marijuana

Uploaded by  on 20 Apr 2011

In 90 days, if things stay the way they are now, marijuana will become legal to possess, grow and smoke across Canada. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/canada/110418/pot-medical-marijuana-legal

Take the poll: Do you think Canada will legalize marijuana based on this decision? http://ywtv.tv/2011/04/20/canada-to-legalize-marijuana/ Join the conversation on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thedailyconversation Follow The Daily Conversation on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thedailyconvo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6OH09DRAwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW6OH09DRAw

Harper’s New Anti-Pot Ad Campaign

Uploaded by  on 29 Dec 2009

This new Canadian anti-pot ad. Aired on Dec 28, 2009. It is an example of how the Harper government mimics the US war on drugs. It is part of a $30 million propaganda campaign called “not4me”. More info at http://loopylettuce.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/canadas-30-million-anti-pot-media-campaign/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZGPVBCrjYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZGPVBCrjY

Canada’s $30 Million Anti-Pot Media Campaign

http://loopylettuce.wordpress.com/2009/12/29/canadas-30-million-anti-pot-media-campaign/

Last night (Dec 28) I caught an anti-marijuana commercial while watching TV. Nothing unusual except this was put on by the Canadian government. It showed a kid being offered a pull on a joint, he then had flashbacks of getting busted for ecstasy and other drugs. You can watch the ad below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NZGPVBCrjY

Incidentally I witnessed the beginning of Prime Minister Harper’s new anti-drug media campaign. Anotner step towards the americanization of Canada. The campaign includes advertisements in buses, trains, subways and shopping malls across Canada, as well as Internet banners on websites popular with teens. The strategy is an exact copy of the Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA) which has been going on since the 80s and has been proven to be ineffective. The PDFA brought us such ads as “this is your brain on drugs” and the recent “above the influence” camaign. The not4me.ca website is clearly inspired by abovetheinfluence.com. It uses a more appealing website design than standard Canadian government pages to keep young people’s attention. Compare this site to this one and you’ll see what I mean.

A major, and critical, difference between PDFA and the new Conservative campaign is that PDFA is sponsored by corporations not governemnt. Check out the list of sponsors for Harper’s campaign, SPONSOR LIST. Many contributers are Canadian police groups including: Canadian Police Association, Justice Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Another one that really stands out is Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Nearly all the sponsors are organizations funded by taxpayer money. Harper is once again using our own money against us.

To Harper’s credit the “facts” section stays closer to the real facts than PDFA and DEA. While the PDFA says,

Marijuana is addictive with more teens in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.

The Conservative campaign uses carful wording using words like “may” and “has the potential”. The not4me.ca website says,

Cannabis has the potential to be psychologically and physically addictive.

Here’s another quote that really disturbed me,

Marijuana has over 400 chemicals and some of the same toxic substances found in tobacco smoke that can cause cancer.

If you read that sentence carfully it does not actually say marijuana causes cancer. Although the sentence is technically true it gives a very negative impression of marijuana.  That is exactly what Harper is counting on.  Marijuana has not been proven to cause cancer, in fact it has been proven to cure cancer (articleRick Simpson). The Conservative government has launched a Canadian war on drugs. Its a little late in the game though, the US is taking baby steps towards legalization and the rest of the world is easing their pot laws. I don’t think Harper got the memo.

The national anti-drug srategy is new government plan to ramp up the war on drugs in Canada. Only a few years after the Liberal government tried to decriminalize in 2004 (shot down by pressure from the US) the Harper regime took a U-turn. Look at the budget on this thing, from the drug strategy backgrounder,

The Government of Canada has committed $30 million in new funding over five years to support the Prevention Action Plan.

Conservatives introduced legislation like bill C-15 (mandatory minimum sentences, increased maximums), increased justice budgets and put more cops on the street. They are also promoting DEA style drug courts and other tenants of the failed US drug war. Drug courts promote court-monitored rehab over prison (more on rehab).

Harper is Canada’s George W Bush. We need to get that fucker out before its too late!

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