MacAulay comfortable with plans to legalize marijuana

Steve Sharratt
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Lawrence MacAulay

He’s never even touched the stuff, but Cardigan MP Lawrence MacAulay can appreciate the irony of a new nickname.

It might only be a footnote in history, but even Canada’s agriculture minister has to chuckle at the prospect of being dubbed the minister of marijuana.

Especially, since he’s now at the helm of the federal agricultural department that will one day oversee pot plantations and licensed grow ops, as well as collect scads of new tax revenue.

“It didn’t seem to be a big problem for Canadians and so it will be legalized,’’ he said in an interview. “The process of legalization is still being worked out and until that happens it’s tough for me to provide details.”

Marijuana has been banned in Canada since 1923 when it was swept up in the drug panic of the 1920s and included with the banning of opium and cocaine.

MacAulay is no stranger to agriculture. Before he entered politics nearly 40 years ago, he was a potato farmer in Midgell, P.E.I.

“I’ve never used it, but I suppose it will be eventually sold as we do alcohol,’’ he said. “I’m not involved in any way yet, but being an agricultural product, I suspect that one day we will see greenhouse operations and distribution methods all approved by government.”

In 1973, the federal Le Dain commission recommended the decriminalization and even the legalization of marijuana in Canada. Forty-three years later, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau announced intentions to legalize the drug as a 2015 Liberal election platform.

“Am I comfortable with that decision?” offered MacAulay from his Cardigan riding office. “Yes.”

Organizations: Le Dain commission

Geographic location: Canada, Midgell, Cardigan

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  • Blair T. Longley
    January 31, 2016 - 23:15

    Someone who never touched the stuff will end up becoming the "minister of marijuana." Of course, those insanities of alcohol prohibition, transforming into the insane ethanol subsidization, are, indeed, the expected pattern with cannabis too! IF civilization could survive exponentially doubling levels of crazy contradictions, then one could predict that, for the same reasons that we went from alcohol prohibition to ethanol subsidization, the legalization of marijuana will also end up swinging from one absurd extreme to the other! VICIOUS SPIRALS OF POLITICAL FUNDING, ENFORCING FRAUDS, made it possible to criminalize the production of the fundamental substance of organic chemistry, as well as criminalize cultivation of the single best plant for people. The underlying mechanisms that drive the development of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, to automatically become more psychotic and criminally insane, apply thoroughly, and throughout every area one examines. In my view, most articles that touch upon such topics, are like the parable of blind men touching the elephant. The combined money/murder systems operate through the maximum possible frauds and deceits. The more socially successful the application of the methods of organized crime through the political processes becomes, the more criminally insane and psychotically out of touch with relatively objective realities that society becomes overall. Alcohol prohibition and ethanol subsidization were flip sides of the same underlying vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds. Both demonstrate how such vicious spirals automatically become worse, faster ... with no end in sight regarding how much more crazy and corrupt that tragic trajectory is going to become. The essential mechanisms driving everything else are the most successful murder systems being based upon the maximum possible deceits and treacheries. The degree of that success, developing through thousands of years of human history, has resulted in the develop of the public powers of governments primarily serving private interests. After the public governments are sufficiently corrupted to result in those enforcing frauds by private banks, then everything else which is also reverberating crazy corruption automatically follows in the wake ... Indeed, the degree to which vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds dominates EVERYTHING includes almost all of the controlled opposition groups that surround that core of organized crime: Deep State Shadow Governments whereby public governments enforce frauds by private banks. It is inside of those kinds of bankster controlled governments that it is possible to have society swing from alcohol prohibition to ethanol subsidization, both of which were matching bookends of the same basic social insanity. The most crucial aspect of apparent political impossibility of resolving those problems was that the history of the socially successfulness of operating the murder systems through the maximum possible deceits, in order to back up the money systems based on the maximum possible frauds, also resulted in that the controlled opposition groups to that core of organized crime, (bankster controlled government) DELIBERATELY IGNORE AND DENY THAT THERE NECESSARILY BE SOME DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS. It was within the existing combined money/murder systems that it was politically possible for particular extreme examples, like alcohol prohibition and cannabis criminalization to happen, and for those to probably transform into becoming ever more perverse ... The degree to which the best organized gangs of criminals (big banks and corporations that grew up around those banks issuing the public "money" supply) control the biggest forms of organized crime, (governments in general) INCLUDES the degree to which almost all publicly significant controlled opposition groups stay INSIDE the same basic bullshit frame of reference, which is based on deliberately ignoring and denying how the money systems are necessarily backed by the murder systems. Rather, those bankster controlled governments naturally end up being dominated by the best available professional hypocrites. In that Canada that has recently swung back from the Conservative Party Harper Government, to the Liberal Party Trudeau II government. Since there are no good grounds to expect that enough people are going to understand that enough, the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds appear to be politically impossible to prevent from automatically continuing to get worse, faster, to a degree which will become also effectively impossible to prepare for! Overall, civilization has become terminally sick and insane, due to the degree that it is dominated by the best available professional hypocrites, operating through combined money/murder systems, which are based upon the maximum possible deceits and frauds, INCLUDING that there is almost no publicly significant opposition to that which is remotely close to being scientifically realistic about those real problems. RATHER, BULLSHIT-BASED ALCOHOL PROHIBITION AND REGULATIONS ARE THE PATTERN FOR BULLSHIT-BASED POT PROHIBITION AND REGULATIONS. The only things that actually exist are the dynamic equilibria between different systems of organized lies operating robberies. Those are becoming more and more UNBALANCED, such as demonstrated by how the absurdity of alcohol prohibition could act like a social pendulum which has swung through to the diametrically matching absurdity of ethanol subsidization. Similarly, one may predict that ending the criminalization of cannabis will probably manifest in another social swing from one pole of social insanity to another. NOTHING COULD REALLY BE DONE WHICH WAS NOT BASED UPON CHANGING THE UNDERLYING DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS, AND THAT COULD NOT BE DONE BETTER UNLESS ENOUGH PEOPLE UNDERSTOOD ENOUGH THAT ALL THE ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS ARE BASED ON THE EXCESSIVE SUCCESSFULNESS OF OPERATING THE DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS THROUGH THE MAXIMUM POSSIBLE DECEITS, WHILE THE APPARENT OPPOSITION TO THAT IS CONTROLLED TO STAY WITHIN THE SAME DECEITFUL FRAME OF REFERENCE REGARDING DEATH CONTROL SYSTEMS IN GENERAL! The established systems of debt slavery, backed by wars based on deceits, are headed towards their debt insanities provoking death insanities. It seems like it would be relatively easy for the entrenched Deep State Shadow Government to cause the use of some weapons of mass destruction, likely through some false flag attack, in order for the remaining show of fake democracy to be abandoned ... But nevertheless, the same basically valid theory continues, and is actually made more imperatively valid by the development of weapons of mass destruction. Any better mental model of the human murder systems, backing up the monetary systems, continues to be valid, and indeed, becomes even more valid, the more intense the circumstances become which put pressure upon those artificial selection systems. The overall thrust of human evolution has been the internalization of natural selection pressures, which intelligence was then applied to the most significant selection pressures, from other groups of human beings, resulting in the history of successful warfare based on backing up deceits with destruction, morphing to become the history of successful finance based upon enforcing frauds. Neolithic Civilization was always based upon being able to back up lies with violence, which developed into social pyramid systems, where the ruling classes waged warfare upon the consciousness of those they ruled over, whose excessive successfulness has resulted in those systems as a whole becoming increasingly psychotic and criminally insane. Inside that overall context, the controlled opposition groups tend to not be willing to admit and address that there must necessarily be some death control systems. Hence, the controlled opposition tends to promote the impossible ideals that there should not be any such systems, or at least none that human beings are conscious of operating. Meanwhile, the ruling classes continue to operate the existing systems as obliquely as possible, through the maximum possible deceits and frauds. Since those almost totally dominate the established political processes, the public "debates" are pretty well NEVER about admitting and addressing the FACTS about the established systems, and therefore, NEVER discuss how to operate any better combined money/murder systems. The political processes are publicly presented in the maximum possible bullshit ways, while the controlled opposition groups mostly go along with doing that. INSIDE THAT OVERALL CONTEXT, HUGE LIES ABOUT "MARIJUANA" CRIMINALIZED CANNABIS, WHILE THE "LEGALIZATION" WILL NOT BE BASED UPON PROPERLY RECOGNIZING THAT RADICAL HEMP TRUTH, BUT RATHER, CONTINUE TO BE BASED UPON PRESUMING THAT THOSE HUGE LIES ABOUT HEMP SOMEHOW HAD SOME MERIT. Sociopolitical systems based upon public governments ENFORCING FRAUDS by private banks, and the corporations that then develop inside that kind of political economy, demand that society as a whole become more and more psychotic, in the senses that the dominate social stories are the biggest bullies' bullshit, that deliberately ignores the principle of the conservation of energy as much as possible, while also deliberately misunderstanding the concept of entropy in the most absurdly backward ways possible. The vast majority of people tend to NOT go through the series of scientific revolutions and profound paradigm shifts which are needed to better understand militarism backing up the monetary systems, as well all of the rest of the vicious spirals of political funding enforcing frauds, such as drove alcohol prohibition, then regulation, as well as drove pot prohibition and regulation. The most that one gets from superficially correct analyses are the presentations of the increasingly blatant anomalies due to the FACTS that the DEEP STATE SHADOW GOVERNMENTS are the best organized gangs of criminals, controlling the biggest forms of organized crime. However, that kind of superficially correct analysis then tends to collapse back to the bullshit that somehow governments ever were, or ever could be, anything else than the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. The only ways for that to change would be through changes in the dynamic equilibria of between the different systems of organized lies operating robberies. Ideally, that should be based upon greater use of information, enabling higher consciousness, which should be first and foremost directed to the operation of the death control systems. The main political obstacles in the way of doing that are due to the long history of the most socially successful murder systems being based on the maximum possible deceits, resulting in there being almost nothing but the core organized crime groups being surrounded by layers of controlled opposition groups. ALL OF THOSE STAY WITHIN THE SAME OVERALL FRAME OF REFERENCE OF DECEITS, BASED ON THE DUALITIES OF FALSE FUNDAMENTAL DICHOTOMIES, PROMOTING SIMILAR SORTS OF IMPOSSIBLE IDEALS AS THE BOGUS "SOLUTIONS" FOR THE REAL PROBLEMS. HENCE, THE SO-CALLED "LEGALIZATION" OF MARIJUANA IS NOT BASED UPON ADMITTING AND ADDRESSING THE WAYS THAT CRIMINALIZING CANNABIS WAS NEVER BASED ON ANYTHING BUT HUGE LEGALIZED LIES, BACKED BY LOTS OF LEGALIZED VIOLENCE, BUT RATHER, THERE ARE PROPOSED REGULATIONS STILL BASED ON PRESUMING MARIJUANA LAWS WERE SOMEHOW BASED UPON SOMETHING ELSE THAN THAT. Since being able to enforce frauds never stops those frauds from still be fraudulent, having been making the public "money" supplies out of nothing as debts, in order to "pay" for strip-mining the planet's natural resources, has driven the excessive successfulness of that triumphant organized crime to become runaway criminal insanities. However, the only ways that those existing systems can actually change is for there to be real changes in the dynamic equilibria of systems of the real systems of organized lies operating robberies. In my view, it is barely possible to exaggerate the degree to which having the entire political economy being based on public governments enforcing frauds by private banks means that the entire civilization is operating through the excessive successfulness of the application of the principles and methods of organized crime, developing to have become so severely UNBALANCED that those are criminally insane. The degree to which that is so is reflected in the degree to which there is almost no publicly significant opposition which is not controlled to stay within the same frame of reference which was originally made and maintained by the biggest bullies, as the bullshit that enabled them to operate as better professional hypocrites. Militarism is the supreme ideology. The ideology of the murder systems deserves to be recognized as the most important ideology, because, after life exists, then the death controls direct the evolution of that life. Civilization was driven by the history of warfare. Governments developed as the surviving military organizations. The public powers of governments were controlled by those who best applied the same methods of organized crime inside governments, which were what originally made and maintained those governments. Therefore, "citizens" are actually members of a military organization, which was the manifestation of organized crime on larger and larger scales. However, the vast majority of those citizens were brainwashed to believe in the bullshit of professional hypocrites, based upon the dualities of false fundamental dichotomies and the related impossible ideals. Hence, those "citizens" more and more became impotent, incompetent political idiots, while they were more and more ruled over by ruling classes that become more and more psychotic psychopaths. That tragic trajectory appears set up to transition towards its debt insanities provoking death insanities. However, that actually makes it even more theoretically imperative for profound paradigm shifts in militarism, based upon intellectual scientific revolutions in the ways that we think about the death control systems, that back up the debt control systems, and thereby control everything else that civilization is doing through those fundamentally fraudulent financial accounting systems. PUBLIC GOVERNMENTS ENFORCING FRAUDS BY PRIVATE BANKS DOES NOT VIOLATE ANY OF THE LAWS OF NATURE. However, the social successfulness of doing that IS based upon almost everyone deliberately ignoring and/or misunderstanding the laws of nature in the most absurdly backward ways possible. Meanwhile, the exponential progress in physical science keeps on pumping up and UP the sets of consistent contradictions, which developed as intense political paradoxes, due to the biggest and best organized gangs of criminals being able to publicly get away with presenting their supreme bullshit that they are NOT operating as entropic pumps of environmental energy flows, and so, necessarily following the principles and methods of organized crime. Civilization has rapidly, and recently (within the life time of those still alive today) gone from the previous systems of paper frauds, backed by gunpowder weapons, to the development of globalized electronic frauds, backed by the threat of force from atomic bombs. However, despite that prodigious progress in physical science, there is virtually no progress in political science, other than the perfection of an oxymoronic scientific dictatorship, which is as deliberately unscientific about itself as it can possibly be, due its social successfulness being based upon ENFORCING FRAUDS, which requires the vast majority of people to not only not understand THAT, but also, be conditioned to feel like they do not want to understand THAT. Of course, the Pot Prohibition tends to "end" without people recognizing THAT enough. While some human beings continue to make exponential progress in understanding other energy systems, civilization deliberately ignores and/or misunderstands itself as an energy system in the most extreme ways possible. That makes sense from the point of view of how and why natural selection pressures drove the development of artificial selection systems based upon the maximum possible deceits and frauds, however, there continue to grow wider and WIDER Grand Canyon Chasms between progress in physical science enabling technologies to become trillions of times more powerful and capable, which then mostly end up being applied to become better at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, despite that doing so drives civilization as whole to become more and more psychotically insane! Therefore, the increasingly blatant anomalies, that manifest as Wonderland Matrix Bizarro Worlds, due to governments being the biggest forms of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangsters, i.e., the bankster controlled governments, ENFORCING FRAUDS IN WAYS THAT BECOME EVER MORE FRAUDULENT, with results that appear to become more and more absurdly backwards to what the professional hypocrites doing that were asserting. ALMOST NONE OF THE PEOPLE GO THROUGH SUFFICIENT PARADIGM SHIFTS, IN ORDER TO CHANGE THE BASIC FRAME OF REFERENCE IN WHICH THOSE ANOMALIES WERE BEING PERCEIVED, IN ORDER TO UNDERSTAND THOSE BETTER. Instead, there tends only be superficial recognition that the "War on Drugs" was a "failure," without any deeper analysis of how and why sociopolitical systems based on enforcing frauds become increasingly dysfunctional, because the enforcement never stops those from being fundamentally fraudulent. In the case of the "end" of Pot Prohibition, based upon Reefer Madness, that is tending towards Pot Prohibition 2.0, based upon Reefer Madness 2.0, because more radical Hemp Truth is allowed to play almost no role in those changes, because the only things that have "changed" are the particular groups of professional hypocrites who are controlling the government, to continue to be based upon integrated systems of legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, which are socially successful to the degree to which they continue to be dishonest about themselves actually doing that! Political science is STUCK in the middle of the most important episode in the history of scientific revolutions. There are increasingly intense paradoxes due to the history of warfare being the history of the most successful forms of social science and engineering, while economics developed inside that history of warfare. Therefore, SO FAR, the most socially successful political science has been based upon being the best at being deceitful and fraudulent. While the central social facts are that public governments enforce frauds by private banks, the social successfulness achieved through those vicious spirals of political funding enforcing those frauds has driven the development of break away Deep State Shadow Governments, operating through social pyramid systems where the ruling classes are increasingly psychotic psychopaths, while the people they rule over are increasingly impotent incompetent political idiots. AROUND AND AROUND AND AROUND THOSE VICIOUS SPIRALS GO, while those problems appear to be politically impossible to resolve in any genuinely better ways due to the degree that the excessive successfulness of the core groups of organized crime have been able to surround themselves with layers of controlled opposition groups, to the point where there is no publicly significant real opposition. Since the end of World War II, the global systems have been dominated by the American Dollar, backed by the American Military. To the degree that continues to be so, the American political situation effects everyone in the world, and surely so those lesser countries within the Anglo-America (Zionist) Empire, such as Canada, etc. ... The American Dollar and Military are the major manifestation of the combined money/murder systems, which have become globalized electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs. Countries like Canada have tended to follow after the USA, and so too, our belated "legalization of marijuana" is happening in ways which are supposed to be examining the American states' political experiments with doing that, which happened because various evil billionaires donated enough money to mainstream moron led "marijuana legalization" groups, in order that those kinds of reactionary revolutionaries could get their referenda passed. The American experiments in legalizing marijuana again demonstrated the same underlying patterns of political funding enforcing frauds, so that the "changes" really change nothing important. Therefore, marijuana laws continue to be the single simplest symbol of how the whole system is based on the perpetuation of enforcing frauds, which maintains itself, even as the consequences of those frauds accumulate to become more and more blatant anomalies, the greatest of which are the globalized systems of electronic monkey money frauds, backed by the threat of force from apes with atomic bombs! The ONLY theoretical ways that such a technologically based civilization MIGHT survive the growing contradictions developing in that context would be for that civilization to go through profound paradigm shifts in the ways that it perceived its political problems. Indeed, precisely to the degree that the established systems drive their debt insanities through to provoke death insanities, it becomes a matching imperative to attempt to perceive more radical truths regarding the death control systems that back up the debt control systems. THERE ALREADY ARE DEEP STATE SHADOW GOVERNMENTS. They already got away with implementing alcohol and pot prohibitions, which were ended in dismal ways which never admitted and addressed the actual agenda of those kinds of bankster controlled governments. In my view, after one understands that history enough, one should be driven to go through the kinds of paradigm shifts in the perception of politics which I have outlined above. It does no good to promote bogus "solutions" based upon going back to any old-fashioned religions or ideologies, such as is also typically presented by the mainstream moron "legalize marijuana" groups, promoting their preferred kinds of reactionary revolutions, which stay INSIDE THE BULLSHIT they assert they are protesting against. Of course, at the present time, the INTENSELY PARADOXICAL POLITICAL PROBLEMS presented by monkeys and apes with globalized electronics and atomic bombs appear to be way TOO INTENSE to be resolved in any better ways other than those systems going through series of psychotic breakdowns, crazy collapses into chaos, while severe social storms blow through, due to social pyramid systems based on being able to ENFORCE FRAUDS BEING PUMPED UP BY TECHNOLOGIES TRILLIONS OF TIMES MORE CAPABLE AND POWERFUL THAN EVER BEFORE IN HUMAN HISTORY! THAT is what the Deep State Shadow Governments have become based upon. However, almost none of the people who are discussing Those are doing anything more than presenting the superficial appearances of the anomalies being thereby driven by THAT. At the present time, only a fringe of a fringe of a fringe is interested in that Fringe Cubed perception of those political problems, based upon profound paradigm shifts. It looks to me that the mainstream morons still mostly do not appreciate the existence of the Deep State Shadow Governments actually dominating their lives. The most successful politicians continue being the best available professional hypocrites. That is context inside of which "marijuana legalization" continues to demonstrate the general pattern of social facts, regarding the ways that ENFORCING FRAUDS never actually stops being fundamentally fraudulent, but rather, only transforms to continue to do so in slightly different ways.

  • IBC
    January 30, 2016 - 07:28

    Look if you make it legal , we all should be growing our own , giving it to our new borns to make them sleep . Slowing down our elderly with a few joints daily .

  • Hazel
    January 29, 2016 - 13:26

    The bottom line is government is only interested in another money grab. They don't care about the lives being destroyed on the Island by alcohol and drugs. They already make a big bundle from alcohol sales but that's not enough. They are going for a big tax grab on drugs through legalizing marijuana. Some politicians will say anything to save their jobs. Who do you believe anymore?

  • No Doupt In My Mind
    January 29, 2016 - 12:26

    I could have sworn he was on it for years just from his actions and comen's lol

  • wired for sound
    January 29, 2016 - 12:23

    Light er up and take a puff then pass er down the line!!

  • Fed up
    January 29, 2016 - 11:09

    MacAulay will say anything to show Trudeau he agrees with him! Next thing you know he'll be in the movie magazines next to Trudeau! Seems that's what Trudeau is busy doing....advertising his "good looks" instead of trying to run the Country! Travelling with a huge his family...while we pay for all trips (plus the Nannies)!!!