I grew up in Oregon and started consuming marijuana in the mid 90's. Back then Canadian marijuana was everywhere in the Pacific Northwest. It seemed like the closer you got to the Canadian border, the cheaper the dank marijuana became. That's not to say that there wasn't locally grow quality marijuana, because that has almost always been around in the Pacific Northwest. But I'm talking about the big weight, 'the work' we used to call it back in the day. Almost all of that came from Canada back in those days.
Back then I always looked at Canada as being more progressive than America when it came to tolerating marijuana. I obviously didn't grow up in Canada, so I'm not sure if my perception is way off base or not, but all I know is there was way, way more Canadian cannabis around from the mid 90's to the mid 2000's than there ever was domestic cannabis. But it seems like since the mid 2000's, Canada has fallen behind. A recent poll found that a majority of Canadians want to legalize marijuana. Per Hill Times Online:
The majority of Canadians want the federal government to either legalize or decriminalize marijuana, according to a new Forum Research poll.
The poll, released today, showed that 53 per cent of Canadians agree that marijuana should be legal. When asked how the government should deal with it, 35 per cent said it should be legalized and taxed and 33 per cent said it should be decriminalized for small amounts. Only 15 per cent of respondents said the laws regarding marijuana should remain as they are currently and 12 per cent said penalties for sale and use should be increased.
"We've been tracking attitudes to marijuana legalization since the last election, and the sentiments haven't shifted significantly. The majority want their boo legalized, and if they can't have that, then they want decriminalization. I'm sure the Prime Minister is consulting experts on this, but I'm not sure he's listening to the same ones the voters are. Most see no harm in marijuana, other than the fact it is illegal," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said in a statement.
Marijuana legalization will come to Canada sooner than later, I feel confident in that. Activists there just need to keep fighting and keep spreading awareness. There are a lot of hurdles to overcome, that is for sure, but the end victory will be well worth it. I know I will personally not stop fighting until cannabis prohibition has ended in all of North America, and I hope that you plan on doing the same! Go Canada!