The goal of legalized cannabis shouldn’t be corporate gold

Fixation on economic issues and models of distribution has obscured the basic justification for promoting legalization as a sound policy choice for Canada
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Friday, July 15, 2016

canada-pot-flag5Canada has a tradition of overregulation and one can already sense that the government is poised to place a myriad of restrictions on production and distribution of marijuana. Invariably, the more complex the regulatory framework, the more likely the market will be overrun by multinational corporations, Crown agencies and the heroes of big business. This completely undercuts the 1960s idealism which spawned our taste for the uplifting effects of marijuana; however, idealism always plays second fiddle to the realism of money markets. (B.C. cities to ask Ottawa for cut of legal pot revenue)