Just what game is devious Steve playing. He mocks Justin Trudeau for suggesting that marijuana be legal but controlled and Steve himself is doing much the same thing starting in 2014.
Heidi took a look and could not believe what Steve wants to do. Looks like in 2014 you will no longer be able to get a license to grow your own marijuana for medical purposes you will be required to purchase it from a local retailer , Heidi suspects it will be a pharmacy .
At this time a medical practitioner would subscribe marijuana you would get a license to grow and use it. In the future you will need a prescription to purchase your marijuana from the retailor . Here is where things get complicated. Most prescription’s require dosage (strength) and the number of refills , this will be a bit difficult to manage by both the medical community and the user.
Next issue is what will it cost. At this time it cost the user a little time and a little power to grow and process the product . Now we have government licensed growers that must be inspected and regulated by government approved people. There will be a need for product control and inventory ( don’t want it going out the back door). None of this is free, the government will need to develop the department that will regulate , the grower has expenses and needs to make a profit, the designated seller will need to make a profit. Heidi can see how all these expenses added to a product that last year just cost a little time and energy could put the product out of reach for a lot of people that require it.
This is a federal mandated system but it is the Provincial governments that look after health care . Heidi would like to know if marijuana is going to be an approved drug and be paid for by the Provincial health care systems.
Remember OxyContin how it was a regulated drug and there were more people using it than those it was prescribed for , remember how quickly it became an easy to get street drug. Heidi knows that there is some of the home grown medical marijuana sold out the back door but wait until someone can go to the drug store and legally buy it just the same way they could OxyC.
What is Steve up to , it does not look like he has any concern for those that need it , is he building a new industry he can turn over to the party faithful , is he looking for a new revenue stream , is making it too expensive and complicated for those in need to get marijuana . What will happen is those who need it and are now growing it legally will soon become criminals and end up in Steve’s new jails .
On the other side of the house we have a party that would allow the medical users to continue and also have an organization like the liquor control folks sell it to the proper age group. Having it available through legal means would reduce the criminal growers and give the provinces a new revenue generator .
Heidi knows which way she would like it to be , what about you. Remember it is not all about Steve it is all about you.
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Watch dogs , only good if they are allowed to roam around the property free to sniff out suspicious things and bring them to the attention of their masters .
In Canada we seem to have watch dogs associated with just about every facet of government , two that come to mind and are in the news are the Budget watch dog and the CSEC commissioner and to a lesser extent the privacy and ethics watch dogs who seem to have given up and returned to the dog house until they are replaced.
Canadian watch dogs have a very short chain and can only sniff out bad air but are not allowed to investigate. Our Budget watch dog instead of being allowed full access to his domain must fill out forms and hope his master will throw him an occasional bone , the CSEC commissioner appears to work for the CSEC so really would you expect him to bite the hand that feeds him.
Heidi can only imagine that a government that puts the watchdogs in place and then refuses to feed them has something to hide or is involved in activities they should not be involved in .
We have a Treasury Board President that is better at building gold leaf gazebos then building trust with the taxpayer, who is proud of the fact he is feeding his watch dog the minimum amount required . Heidi doesn’t know what you think but Heidi believes you will never be a success going through life just doing the minimum that is required .
Just a final note , why would the Prime Minister of Canada elude that the courts are the enemies of the government . Is it because he has spent untold millions on lawyers and hardly won a case. You decide is it because the courts are the enemy or is it because the PM has some real off the wall ideas that do not fit with Canadian values .
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Last Heidi heard the Ukraine was a sovereign nation and was able to make its’ own way in the world. It has been independent since 1991 and has an elected president with a five year term.
Now this independent duly elected government has decided to go with Russia when it comes to free trade rather than the EU. This has caused a large portion of the population to demonstrate against the deal. Sounds OK here in Canada we can demonstrate even close rail lines and roads. But if someone from outside of Canada joins in they are tagged as paid agitator’s or urban terrorists or just plain criminal’s.
It seems that our Canadian government feels that the Ukraine should not go with Russia but sign up to be part of the EU . Heidi believes they can have their opinion and if they wish they can call in the Ukraine’s ambassador and tell them so .
Heidi does not believe a minister of the Canadian government , Minister Baird, has any right to go to the Ukraine and join in with the demonstrators . What we have here is one sovereign nation directly interfering with the internal affairs of another sovereign nation. Canada is skating on real thin ice here.
Funny thing is the media has only given this lip service . Is this because they do not know what spin to put on it . Do they side with the Canadian government or do they side with the Ukraine government . One way they are supporting this direct interference and the other they are supporting the Ukraine’s alliance with Russia . Problem with the world media today they do not know how to just report the facts and let the readers decide what is right or wrong they seem to have this need to sensationalize . Heidi thinks this may be to simply sell the paper or air time .
During the cold war countries directly interfered with the internal workings of each other and came real close to losing it all .
Heidi believes that Steven Harper has no idea that if you do not learn from history you will relive it and in this case that is a very bad thing .
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During a session of the house the government was asked if they did not feel the omnibus bill concerning cyberbullying over stepped the mark when it came to allowing law enforcement access to Canadian’s E mail and browsing history.
Surprising enough the Government did reply with an answer that was related to the question. Answer given was they had contacted the ethics commissioner and got a pass. Of course they got a pass , the mandate of the ethics commission has little to nothing to do with the subject matter so of course as far as the ethics side of things they were doing no wrong.
Now a week to ten days later the outgoing Privacy Commissioner held a news conference where she announced some concern over the bill as to new police powers and the privacy of Canadians .
To put the icing on the cake our government is now looking for a contractor to monitor all Canadian social media 24 hours a day every day and report back to the government with their findings . What this contractor is supposed to be looking for was not divulged. When asked why the response was “ this is the best way for the Government to learn just what Canadians want .”
Really is this the reason or is the government looking to find out who is saying what about them so they can be grouped and latter targeted somehow.
Heidi can only guess at the answer and Heidi’s guess is as good as yours at this point. Perhaps the subject of the attack ads during the next election will tell the story.
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