This is Canada, not Putin’s Russia or the dictatorship-led Syria, where intelligence officers are scattered in coffee or barber shops trying to find pieces of information to snitch to the big boss in case of any eventual revolt.
Specifically, this is Ontario, or Toronto, where onlookers can strut Church street and see rainbow colors celebrated by the LGBT community.
Here, there is a democracy, and freedom of the people.
But what is awkward and probably embarrassing, is that in a bid to fully diminish the black market for marijuana in Ontario, the provincial government is creating a – Cannabis Intelligence Coordination Centre – to shut down illegal storefronts.
On top of that, Ontario had previously announced that there will be a $40-million fund to ensure that its municipalities have the resources to enforce new marijuana laws and combat issues such as impaired driving and the illegal sale of marijuana.
These are definitely bad omens and ugly sights awaiting Ontarians; picture more arrests and raids.
Worst, there are many critics and even reports predicting that as much as 40 percent of Canadian adults will use legalized pot, but the majority remainder will continue buying from the black market.
Is the government going to bust the 60 percent amid new laws dubbed as harsher and tougher than the previous ones?
Canadians on Twitter likened these new rules of legalization to “crackdown,” “more laws, more restrictions, harsher penalties.”
Some even likened the government monopoly to that of a “cartel.”
“What any cartel would do, what’s the problem?” one Twitter user said, and another: “Yes, they have to protect the Ontario cartel….what a waste of public money.”
Let’s hope this won’t get that confrontational between the will of the people and the government trying to keep people in line with its new regulations.
“Any politician that agrees with this should be tried for domestic terrorism your government monopoly will not survive &you should not either,” one furious Canadian wrote on Twitter.
It will be great for the government of Ontario to explain how this Cannabis Intelligence Coordination Centre will operate. Is there going to be an infringement on the rights of citizens?
The Upper House in Ottawa, when discussing the Cannabis Act, already highlighted how certain clauses will violate the Canadian charter. These clauses are pertaining to impaired driving.
Critics said the Charter has long been a means to protect citizens from the overreach of government.
So, will this new intelligence center make the government’s hands grow even taller and stronger?