The day we collectively decide to stop putting people in jail for smoking, enjoying and/or growing weed, will mark the decisive blow in the beginning of the end of the War on Drugs. Once properly regulated, the “drug” trade (or commerce in psychoactive substances) has demonstrated, in case study after case study from Switzerland to The Netherlands to Canada, that, once regulated, it eliminates the presence of associated violence, criminality, and the outlandish costs of an overburdened and unjust legal system serving the interests of a for-profit prison system.
Big ups to our brethren at the Canadian Securities Exchange for stepping up and showing what it means to be a innovator, dreamer and good person in the unglamorous world of public policy. It can be a thankless job, going against the grain for something you know in your heart to be the right thing. But karma always seems to have a way of helping us, guiding us, or teaching us, and so it will be.