Anti-cannabis propaganda brought to you by the gov’t of Manitoba

Anti-cannabis propaganda brought to you by the gov’t of Manitoba

The Manitoba government has released two anti-cannabis propaganda videos warning of what will happen to you in case you use cannabis and/or buy your cannabis off the road and they are almost laughable in their see-through scare tactics.

Both clips are a hilarious watch and while both are under 17 minutes long, the Manitoba government has packed in as much reefer madness hysteria as it possibly can.

  • Affect your mind growth
  • Lower IQ
  • Impair critical thinking
  • Affect learning ability
  • Impair judgment
  • Kill you

Ok, that last point was a joke, but you could easily swap out “cannabis” and replace it with “alcohol” because every single point, such as the last one, applies to alcohol, and probably even more so than cannabis. In fact, alcohol is much worse because it can bring out the worst from violence due to aggression to urination – in you to even dying and maybe getting blackout!

It’s worth noting that smoking too much cannabis can’t kill you (unless you smoke a few hundred pounds of it in 15 minutes).

Besides, the dangers of cannabis mentioned in the video are usually only temporary, and it’s misleading to suggest otherwise. It’s not like you take one toke of cannabis and your ability is diminished forever. Much like alcohol, the effects of cannabis wear off with time, although side effects may be experienced by heavy users.

In case you can’t watch the video, here are Manitoba’s reasons why road cannabis just isn’t worth it:

  • No quality control
  • Could put your life at risk
  • Supports crime
  • Could get you arrested

Let’s break it down, point by point.

No quality control

Simply because your cannabis comes in a Health Canada-approved licensed producer is no guarantee that you’re getting quality cannabis. One look at the numerous recalls from multiple accredited manufacturers over the last few years is proof of that.

The causes of these recalls runs the gamut from problems with tagging and packaging into the far more serious use of banned pesticides, and if you would like to see  Health Canada’s compliance and enforcement reports from 2015-2017, they are available here.

That is easily the most “WTF” stage here and the video and description conveniently don’t list any sources for this claim. Assessing the connection doesn’t seem to offer any insight into what the Manitoba government means by this either.

So how could buying road cannabis place your life at risk? The government of Manitoba is likely implying that road cannabis might not be what it says it is- it could be tainted with another (more dangerous) drug or it could simply not be cannabis at all (such as a synthetic cannabinoid, perhaps).

Perhaps Manitoba is implying your life could be placed at risk by overzealous police officers, especially if you’re Indigenous because, according to CBC, 11 of the 19 people killed by police in Manitoba between 2000-2017 were Indigenous.

We could ’t be sure.

And while buying cannabis from approved sources may be safer, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear, as Manitoba appears to be conveniently forgetting that accredited manufacturers like Organigram and Broken Coast have been caught using banned pesticides such as myclobutanil on their cannabis in the past.

Though myclobutanil is approved for human use sometimes, it’s banned for cannabis plants because when it’s burned, it creates poisonous vapors containing hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen chloride- which is a HUGE problem, especially when you’re supposed to be supplying ill patients with assumed medical-grade cannabis buds to smoke!

Supports crime

Studies have demonstrated that the cannabis market is made up of otherwise and peaceful law-abiding citizens, who are really only offenders on paper due to the unjust cannabis laws.

A report submitted by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition into the federal marijuana task force back in 2016 discovered:

  1. While the label of organized criminal might be accurately applied to a minority of those individuals involved in the illegal cannabis industry, the defining characteristics of this term are not applicable to most.
  1. Unsubstantiated media and police reports portray the cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime.
  1. Evidence suggests a very low involvement of organized crime in the cannabis industry in Canada; the vast majority of those in the industry are inclined to be non-violent and have minimal, if any, involvement with other criminal activities.
  1. Those involved in cannabis production are typically small-scale growers who are active members of their communities.
  1. Those in the cannabis industry have diverse motives, including supplementing earnings, reducing costs, pursuing personal and business interest, controlling quality and producing diverse strains, and avoiding the illegal industry.
  1. Most of those involved in the illegal cannabis market are keen to participate in a legal market

Could get you arrested

This one is truly true, 100%. The CBC news story on policing in Manitoba referred to earlier also stated that Manitoba had the greatest adult incarceration rate of all states for the last 7 years in a row– and Native people made up almost 70 percent of the incarcerated adult population.

Never mind the monopolistic crony capitalism of the LP’s. The reason why Manitoba is warning you is because it needs that tax earnings that is sweet, sweet, and they are willing to detain you.

Make no mistake, this is a massive cash grab. As reported by the Canadian Press:

The provincial government says a “social obligation fee” of six percent will be applied to a cannabis retailer’s total yearly revenues.

The government is also applying a markup of 75 cents per g, plus an additional nine per cent, at the wholesale distribution level. ”

According to CBC, the average price for a gram of cannabis in Manitoba is $7.21, so that 75 cents per g markup works out to 10.4%. Oh, and they’re charging GST on top of all that.

So adding up the 6% “social obligation fee”, 10.4% markup and additional 9% wholesale markup, and 5% GST means the government of Manitoba will be raking in 30.4percent in assorted fees, taxes, and markups on recreational cannabis!

Or you could avoid this entire shitshow and just grow your own- oh wait, you can’t, because Manitoba banned home cultivation, too. If you get caught, you’re looking at a $2542 fine!

Perhaps sensing the massive amount of backlash, tongue lashing and overall mockery these videos would receive, the government of Manitoba’s YouTube station has blocked all comments for the videos in question, but if you’re searching for something that’s just as likely to make you laugh because it’s to infuriate you, you can check out the entire two video playlist by clicking here.


Canadian Drug Policy Coalition: ORGANIZED CRIME IN THE CANNABIS MARKET: Evidence and Implications.

CBC: Manitoba cannabis rules include $2,542 fine for developing your own.

CBC: Most people who died in police encounters in Manitoba were Indigenous, CBC investigation finds.

CBC: Pot consumers paying less than $7 a gram, Statistics Canada survey finds.

Georgia Straight: Myclobutanil: Why are some accredited cannabis producers using this prohibited pesticide? .

Vancouver Courier: Cannabis earnings in Manitoba will be subject to government fee and markup.

Released at Fri, 05 October 2018 00:59:33 +0000

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