Anti-pot crusader Kevin Sabet traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia final week to publicize the launch of an internet site devoted to serving as a watchdog towards Canada’s new authorized hashish business. Sabet and a small group of representatives from allied teams Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, Air We Share, and Airspace Action on Smoking and Health gathered on the steps of the Vancouver Art Museum on Wednesday to protest the legalization of pot.
In an effort to oppose the newly authorized Canadian leisure hashish business, Sabet stated that Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada was launching a brand new web site, www.PotWatch.org, “to expose the harms of Big Marijuana in Canada.”
“Join our coalition that is fearlessly investigating, exposing, challenging, and holding the marijuana industry accountable,” extolls the group’s web site.
In an e-mail to supporters concerning the occasion, Sabet predicted dire penalties would outcome from the legalization of hashish.
“October 17th, 2018 will be a day we look back on as a dark day in our history – the day Canada began nationwide legal sales of high-potency marijuana,” Sabet wrote. “It will be remembered as the day Canadian lawmakers put the interest of an addiction-for-profit industry over the health and safety of its citizens.”
Anti-Pot Arguments Already Addressed
At the protest, audio system and placards relied on anti-pot cliches together with the fears of simpler entry to hashish for youth and opposition to “Big Pot,” arguments already addressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in his name for the legalization of hashish.
In 2016, Trudeau famous that “young people have easier access to cannabis now, in Canada, than they do in just about any other countries in the world. [Of] 29 different countries studied by the U.N., Canada was number one in terms of underage access to marijuana.”
Trudeau additionally refuted the notion that the legalization of leisure pot was a giveaway to enterprise pursuits and stated that regulating the business might assist hold hashish away from youth.
“I have no doubt that Canadians and entrepreneurs will be tremendously innovative in finding ways to create positive economic benefits from the legalization and control of marijuana, but our focus is on protecting kids and protecting our streets,” stated Trudeau.
The prime minister additionally famous that with or with out legalization, Canada would have a hashish business.
“The other piece of it is there are billions upon billions of dollars flowing into the pockets of organized crime, street gangs, and gun-runners, because of the illicit marijuana trade, and if we can get that out of the criminal elements and into a more regulated fashion we will reduce the amount of criminal activity that’s profiting from those, and that has offshoots into so many other criminal activities,” stated Trudeau. “So those are my focuses on that.”
Supporters of the legalization of hashish additionally made their emotions recognized in Vancouver on Wednesday. Across the road from the launch of the PotWatch web site, hashish activist Anil Sthankiya was angered by an indication that learn “Marijuana kills brain cells.” Cannabinoids have truly been proven to have neuroprotective properties.
“This is disgusting, and more and more of this, over again, from people who haven’t bothered to do 20 honest hours of research,” Sthankiya stated.
Another hashish advocate, Dillon Mcardle, was brazenly promoting marijuana and displaying hashish crops at a sales space throughout the road from the artwork gallery. He advised reporters that he was additionally protesting the inflow of company pursuits into Canadian hashish.
“We’re protesting for the proper legalization of cannabis. We want to see free weed for medical needs and equal rights for every Canadian citizen to grow it, smoke it and sell it, of course over the age of 19,” stated Mcardle.