“It should not be up to politicians to determine which drugs should be approved for medical use”

The title is a direct quote from Federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq today explaining why her government would not get invovled and outlaw generic drug companies from producing OxyContin. Some of the provinces have asked the federal government to ban the production of this drug because its cheaper version could make it easier for addicts to buy.

I find it difficult to understand how a government could use this logic to not ban a drug while at the same time increasing fines for people that use marijuana. From the same article:

“We need to make the decisions on prescription drugs based on science,” she told the media. “Scientists are there to provide that advice to us and we need to work with the system that we have in place.”

Except that there is mountains of evidence from science suggesting that marijuana is not nearly as harmful as other readily available drugs (alcohol for one) and can actually help the suffering of the sick. In fact there is now a “scientific article” that has determined that legalizing the substance actually brings about a decrease in driving accidents, mostly from the resulting decrease in the cases of drunk driving.

While I applaud the government’s decision today I wish that it would stop its hypocracy and look to change irrational and unscientific laws against illegal drugs.


End of the Long Gun Registry

Well it ended awhile ago but it’s now been reported that all of the collected records have been destroyed (except in Quebec where the government has brought forth a legal challenge to keep the records in the hopes of setting up their own registry). I’ve never been in favour of this legislation and I’m not at all unhappy to see it end. Beyond the colossal costs and the limited use that it had (yeah I won’t cheery pick a link for the second, the first is indisputable) I found the anti-rural nature and costs placed on them to be the most problematic. Canada is an urban nation but there are still many people who need rifles for where they live or simply to have for sport.

However, what I cannot stand is the hypocrisy of this federal government which on the one hand claims to be standing up for the individual rights of the country’s citizens by getting rid of the registry or the long form census form while on the other increasing minimum sentences for those caught using illegal drugs. Somehow the rights and the decisions made by individuals is fine and good when it comes to guns and the number of bedrooms in houses but completely absent when about ingesting a substance which would only affect the person making the decision. Harper looks to have never been a libertarian and instead wrapped himself conveniently in those clothes, or at least hinted at it, in order to push forward his true agenda of social conservatism where the “correct rights” are ones that need to be left to the individual and the rest are the property of the state. He may use the world “socialist” as the boogeyman when talking of the opposition but he only dislikes the government’s hands when they aren’t grabbing what he wants.