“bullet” In Canada, conservative Stephen Harper, if elected, promises to get tougher on drugs, including marijuana.
Wow — two top meaningless cliches in one statement — “message” and “gateway.” I would strongly and politely suggest that Canadian citizens not elect this wanker (fully aware that as a U.S. citizen I can’t claim any kind of high ground in terms of the ability to elect non-wankers).
“bullet” In the Netherlands:
Under the test program, to be conducted in the southern city of Maastricht, existing health and safety standards will apply to growers, but they would no longer be the target of police raids or prosecution.
Coffee shops permitted to sell marijuana would be required to provide consumers with information about the health hazards of smoking – similar to tobacco companies – and the chemical content of the marijuana. The shops would also have to say where they bought the marijuana they sell, which proponents say will deter growers from operating dangerous underground greenhouses.
This would finally end the strange contradiction where coffee shops can legally sell pot, but nobody can legally grow it or supply it to them.
Sounds like a good plan to me.