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Glorification or Vilification of Street Drugs

Tue, April 05, 2022   |   Author: Vicki Gunn   |   Volume 29    Issue 14 | Share: Gab | Facebook | Twitter   

We all remember back in the halcyon days when laws were designed to protect people. Assault laws were enacted to protect people from assault. When someone broke the law, then he or she was arrested and sentenced to something unpleasant such as jail to pay for that crime.

This is a different world. Laws meant to protect Canadians are disregarded. We elected as Prime Minister an admitted law-breaker. If our Prime Minister doesn’t like a law, then he just disregards it. Whether it was smoking marijuana while it was illegal—even during his tenure in Parliament—or whether it was his vacation at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas, breaking ethics rules for his own gain is his modus operandi. If he doesn’t like the law, he flaunts his lawbreaking.

But there is a logical result to electing leaders who have no respect for moral integrity, ethics, or laws prohibiting certain actions. We elect them and we emulate them. Eventually, the reason we have laws becomes unimportant. That is what we have increasingly faced for the past 6 1/2 years under a Liberal government and we are facing under our current “coalition government.”

Are you aware that a bill has been introduced to decriminalize currently illegal substances? If so, you probably recognize what’s happening. We’ve been here before . . . in 2015, when our dope smoking prime minister first came to office. Marijuana was legalized in October 2018. Three years later, children were being admitted into hospitals at a rate of 22 per month with marijuana poisoning; 10% of all Emergency Department visits for poisoning in Ontario were related to cannabis; 39% of these children were hospitalized.

Yet, that’s not enough. NDP Member of Parliament, Mathew Green, has now put forward a bill to decriminalize possession of all ‘street drugs’ for personal use. His rationale? “Parents are burying their kids and communities are devastated by these overdoses. In the last five years, more than 20,000 Canadians have died of drug overdoses and the pandemic has only made things worse.”

Just so I get this straight . . . in 2020, we were all locked down, so unable to visit family and friends; many small businesses and livelihoods were destroyed; we lost loved ones and were unable to see them before their passing; we were unable to attend funerals or other traditional venues of shared grieving; our children were subject to massive amounts of online time for schooling and play; many children became depressed—some even committing suicide all as a result of our government’s hysterical response to COVID.

Under this torturous government reaction, some people sought solace in drugs to help them escape their government-inflicted isolation. As happens with illegal drugs, they were enslaved by the relentless craving for more. So, the government says it wants to help them . . . by legalizing the addictive substances. What is the end result? People who had, in the past, been deterred by the law may now be tempted to try these addictive drugs and more people may become enslaved by them.

Have I got that right? Unbelievable!

But again, we’ve done this before. What are the results of this kind of thinking? We legalized marijuana in spite of the known dangers. Our dope-smoking Prime Minister said it would be easier to control. Yet, statistics show that more adults are now driving under the influence of drugs.

“Before cannabis was legalized, 3.8 per cent of drivers had blood THC concentrations above the Canadian legal driving limit of 2 nanograms/ml. That percentage rose to 8.6 per cent after legalization. The proportion of drivers with higher concentrations of THC (above 5 nanograms/ml) also increased, going from 1.1 per cent pre-legalization to 3.5 per cent afterwards.”

Further, the statistics given above on children and marijuana poisoning give us a bleak warning of the future that children of addicts face. Addicts are expected to be responsible for protecting their children from the parents’ drug stash. We see above how well that has worked.

Our government also had an ineffective plan to educate expectant mothers on the effects of marijuana on their child. According to this study, 11% of pregnant women used marijuana during their pregnancy. Therefore, with the information Statista reports of 359,533 Canadian births last year, we can estimate the following effects on 39,549 children in Canada.

“Prenatal marijuana use was significantly related to increased hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention symptoms as measured by the SNAP, increased delinquency as measured by the CBCL, and increased delinquency and externalizing problems as measured by the TRF. The pathway between prenatal marijuana exposure and delinquency was mediated by the effects of marijuana exposure on inattention symptoms. These findings indicate that prenatal marijuana exposure has an effect on child behavior problems at age 10.”

This effect is scary! Yet, our NDP leader, who leads a coalition government with our Prime Minister, has thrown his weight behind this bill.

While CHP Canada recognizes that there is a problem with drugs in Canada, we do not believe that feeding the beast will cause it to die of starvation.

We see above the effects already felt by Canada’s children. We see the effects on our roadways. A CHP government would recriminalize the possession and sale of marijuana, maintain our current laws with regards to other street drugs and eliminate “drug injection sites.” Laws by themselves do not prevent crime; they do set standards and establish boundaries that keep some from harming themselves and others. In order to be effective, laws must be enforced. The push for the legalization of marijuana followed many years of non-enforcement, which makes a mockery of all laws.

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