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Harper argues for legalization, Ignatieff argues for ditch-digging

So, like President Obama, Prime Minister Harper did the YouTube interview and they gave him the marijuana question.

Harper dismissed the idea of legalizing the drug during the interview, which was moderated by Patrick Pichette, Google’s chief financial officer.

“I don’t meet many people who’ve led a drug-free life that regret it. And I’ve met a lot that haven’t, and regretted it.”

He must get around. I haven’t met anyone who led a drug-free life. I’ve met a lot that have tried marijuana and very few regretted it. And none of that has anything to do with legalization.

Buying marijuana, he added, means supporting “international cartels that are involved in unimaginable violence, intimidation, social disaster and catastrophe all across the world.”

Finally. A politician giving a good reason for legalizing marijuana.

Michael Ignatieff, the leader of the opposition, didn’t do any better.

O’Donel High School, Mt. Pearl, Nfld.:

“If I had to tell you as a parent or as someone who has spent his whole life working with young people, the last darn thing I want you to be doing is smoking marijuana,” the federal Liberal leader said.

“I want you to be out there digging a well, digging a ditch, getting a job, raising a family … doing stuff, instead of parking your life on the end of a marijuana cigarette.”

I can’t wait to see the new Canadian version of our anti-drug TV ads based on that one… Gee, instead of smoking pot with my friends, I could have been digging a ditch!

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9 comments to Harper argues for legalization, Ignatieff argues for ditch-digging

  • claygooding

    They just don’t get the fact that if legalized,we could be giving that money to citizens in the country we live in.
    And their continued prohibition insures that we continue giving to the people they want stopped.
    Sometimes you have to wonder how people this stupid ever got where they are when they don’t have enough reasoning power to pour piss out of a boot,with the instructions on the sole.

  • Elby

    Boss Kean say that’s his ditch. I told him that their dirt is your dirt. What’s your dirt doing in his ditch? You get your dirt out of his ditch, boy! Luke, what you think you doing? Be damned if you gonna put your dirt in my yard. You hear me? Then get it out there. Roll it, yeah? I told you to get your dirt outta Boss Kean’s ditch, didn’t I? Then how come it ain’t done yet?

  • Just me

    Ya the thing is, they need you to smoke cannabis so they can have ditch diggers, and even at that they probably piss taste for that job too, who knows , whatever .

  • Jillian

    7,000 people were murdered by the Mexican drug cartels last year because we in the US kept marijuana illegal, many of the victims were children, police officers and politicians. This year the cartels are on track to kill at least 9,000 more.

    60% of cartel money comes from selling marijuana in the US. Since the prohibition can’t stop people smoking we must end it and allow reputable US businesses to undercut the cartels and end their financial ability and incentive to commit these murders. After seventy years of ineffective prohibition we can no longer justify keeping marijuana illegal.

  • Stephen Young

    The Liberal Party’s new anti-drug slogan: Dig Ditches, Not Doobies.

    The Conservative Party’s new anti-drug slogan: Drug-free is Better Than Free (as long as Molson Golden doesn’t count).

  • DdC

    Harper Blows More Hot Air on YouTube Marijuana Questions
    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.

    Is America Ready to Legalize Marijuana?
    MSNBC poll asks readers: “Is America ready to legalize pot, regulate it, tax it, control it the same way that alcohol is controlled?”

    Yes….. ……….11,525 votes ….98 %

    ‘Party of No’…….. 234 votes … 2%

    Total of 11,761 votes

    In San Francisco, Even the Drug-Users Have a Union
    San Francisco, for those who don’t know, is a union town. And now the city has one more group hoping to push for its interests via strength in numbers: Drug users.

    The Pie-Eyed Piper of Petrolia
    CANNABIS CULTURE – Pot Poet Dana Larsen’s inspiring tale of a happy little village called Petrolia and its Goo.

  • kaptinemo

    There are good reasons why Mr. Harper is making these noises, and those reasons are anything but superficial.

    Prior to 2003, Mr. Harper was considered a dark horse candidate for the PMship. That is, until he met with the big shot banksters, the ‘Masters of the Universe’ as the liberal bloggers call them. That was in Versailles, France in 2003. After that, his career took off like a shot.

    Just like the careers of past Prez’s. Interesting ‘coincidence’, isn’t it?

    The major international banks have been involved in money laundering from illicit drug proceeds since drug prohibition began as a national policy way back in the first decade of the last century, and they literally cannot afford to have that revenue tap shut off by legalization, because that dirty money is all that kept them afloat during the early days of the Meltdown (which they engineered, BTW).

    And so we have people like Mr. Harper in Ottawa and Mr. Obama here in Warshington DC trying to make light of the growing and strengthening public demand for legalization. They are heeding ‘their master’s voice’…and it isn’t that of the vox populi.

  • Canada – the 51st state of the U.S.

  • Harper wants to impose a US-style, for-profit prison industry onto Canada. C-15 will necessitate the building of 12 billion-dollar prisons, and cost $300-500 million every year to maintain.

    Legalizing pot would save us billions, AND generate an additional $3 billion in annual tax revenue.

    Why is Harper trying to imprison and impoverish Canadians? Why does he hate us so much? And why is Iggy willing to help him?