Canadians Can Grow Tobacco for Personal Use; We Should Be Able to Do the Same with Cannabis

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Knowing full well the devastating consequences of America’s War on Drugs, the very same day that Washington State and Colorado legalized the recreational use of Cannabis, the Harper Government introduced “tough new mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana” – a change in the law that even the judiciary is resisting.

The government followed-up this prohibitionist agenda by “changing medical marijuana rules in Canada” so that patients would no longer be able to grow their own medicine, attacking the most vulnerable in our society by turning a health policy into a crime policy.

We won’t go into the details of how Canadians feel about this government, suffice it to say that even before the senate scandal blew up in Harper’s face, a poll from the summer of 2013 showed that 70% of Canadians surveyed wanted the Conservatives gone.

The question we should be asking ourselves as Harper hands out licenses to corporations to grow medical marijuana while prohibiting individual Canadians from growing their own supply, is that; Canadians 18 years of age or older can grow up to 15 kg of tobacco for personal use, so why shouldn’t we be able to do the same with cannabis?

Excise Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-14) and Excise Act, 2001 (S.C. 2002, c. 22), both of which are current to November 13, 2013, state that:

Excise Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. E-14) – Tobacco grown for private use

220. A person who grows tobacco on his own land or property and manufactures the tobacco into common Canada twist or cut tobacco solely for the use of himself and such members of his family as are resident with him on the farm or premises on which the tobacco was grown, and not for sale, does not require a licence for so doing, nor is the tobacco so manufactured subject to excise duty, but the quantity so manufactured in any one year shall not exceed fifteen kilograms (15 kg) for each adult member of the family resident on the farm or premises.”

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  • Rus Archer

    we can
    just do it

  • UncleB

    Old laws! Canada must put tobacco and marijuana on the narcotics list to protect Canada’s health plan. Harper has already stiffened up sentencing for pistol-toters, Drunk drivers, drugged drivers, and Canadians feel it is their patriotic duty to tattle tale on anyone’s behaviour that would lead to unnecessary hospitalization – so that beds can be freed up for necessary health care! We are a Social Democracy, very communal in nature and out to keep it that way.

    • Dianna Donnelly

      Oh now … but they don’t want free beds UncleB. They want all beds filled and line ups as far as their capitalistic eyes can see. It isn’t about public safety or making healthcare more available to people. We live in Capitalism! Simply replacing Cannabis with prescribed sleep aids would put a dent in too many Stock portfolios. I’m 40 and on no meds because of this plant. I have a right to grow it and use it. Tobacco on the other hand, kills almost a million of us every year.

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