There have been over 175 raids against harmless cannabis-related businesses since Justin Trudeau was elected PM – most involving bogus complaints or concerns over non-existent increases in psychosis or non-existent drops in I.Q. in young people, or artificial ties to organized crime.
Technically, any three people who break the law together are defined as “organized crime”:
Section 467.1(1) of the Criminal Code defines a criminal organization as, “a group, however organized, that (a) is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and, (b) has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences, that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any one of the persons who constitute the group.”
So technically, every grower who sells to a dealer who sells to a user is involved in “organized crime”. This is the excuse they use to brutalize and destroy the life of 99% of the growers and dealers in Canada.
Canadian police lying about cannabis is nothing new – and it hasn’t stopped since Trudeau was elected on a legalization of cannabis platform. In fact, the raids (and the lying about cannabis) has increased dramatically when compared to prohibitionist Stephen Harper.
The police lied about cannabis being sold to teens at the 2015 Cannabis Day rally in order to justify their brutal arrest of four activists, with no evidence of selling to teens provided to the arrestees. (I was one of the four arrested. My obstruction charge related to that unjust arrest was later dropped.)
And “Jim’s Weeds” was closed down when the police accused them of sales to minors. No evidence was ever produced.
Seldom is evidence of harm done produced even when cases go to trial. In that respect they are similar to the witch-hunts and the pogroms of yesteryear.
Furthermore, even if there was evidence of sales to teens by anyone, a review of the facts suggest that there’s no harm (and much benefit) to young people from proper cannabis use.
Furthermore, providing teens safe access to quality cannabis along with education on how to use it properly and a safe place to smoke it would help prevent teen suicide and alcohol/pharma-related overdoses and car crashes.