Popular YouTuber Philip DeFranco breaks down cannabis legalization for Americans

Popular YouTuber Philip DeFranco breaks down cannabis legalization for Americans

When Canada officially legalized recreational cannabis just two weeks ago, Canadians were engaged in some serious navel-gazing on the effects and ramifications the Cannabis Act would have on their lives.

But at the exact same time we were trying to determine what exactly the cannabis principles were for the province or territory we live in and how to really get cannabis legally, the whole world was watching Canada, and it’s always interesting to see what those on the outside looking in thought of their very historic change to Canadian drug coverage in almost a century.

One of these people was popular American YouTuber Philip DeFranco, who has over 6.3 million readers and hosts one of the biggest news shows on the platform.

First, the numbers

DeFranco said that according to a report, over 111 cannabis retail shops opened across the country on the first day, and the SQDC, which he called a “manager of [cannabis] earnings in Quebec” (even though it’d be more accurate to predict the SQDC a government-run cannabis monopoly), listed over 12,500 instore trades and 30,000 online orders.

With the SQDC getting numerous orders, DeFranco said it quickly ran out of supply, and above in Manitoba, the government agency in charge said that shortages could last for months.

DeFranco described Bill Blair as a “Canadian legislator who pushed for legalization” but in reality, the former Toronto police chief (who was the government point man on cannabis) was probably one of the worst individuals Trudeau could have appointed into the position from the perspective of cannabis activists, as his only experience with cannabis was busting and arresting those who climbed or owned it- he still maintains to this day he’s never tried it.

But having a former cop in charge of the cannabis file gave the Trudeau government some credibility amongst those who opposed cannabis legalization in the first place, and that perhaps made it easier for the government to pass the Cannabis Act, even though the Conservatives were still almost unanimously opposed to it.

“We anticipated certain breeds might run out and there are a bit of a run on supply. But, you know, they’ve got a very good infrastructure in place and that I ’m convinced it will work. ”

Time to eat those words. DeFranco said the strain on the supply chain was so poor that stores in Edmonton closed and one shop owner said that the provincial wholesale distributor, the AGLC, had no products to offer.

Oh and by the way, doesn’t the image of Bill Blair type of look like he’s having a stroke?


The cash

ALCANNA claimed it made $1.3 million in its first 5 days of operations throughout the five stores it works in Alberta, and the province sold $737,000 worth of merchandise through its government-run online shop.

DeFranco also addressed rumors that Canada paid off its entire federal debt- about $660 billion- one day after legalization, which was posted by a satire site and not correct.

DeFranco also reported that Arcview, a cannabis market research group, estimates cannabis will earn $1.3 billion annually, with Canadians spending $4.4 billion a year on cannabis, according to Stats Canada.

“Many customers complained that online deliveries weren’t working, there were changes in shipping estimates, wrong products were shipped, there was no followup, and in addition to that, there was a rotating strike at the Canadian postal service that has affected delivery times as well. ”

He also discussed cannabis pricing and taxes and how Canadians were complaining about them being so high that 36 percent of Canadians said it was unlikely they’d change over to legal cannabis.

There were also problems over too much packaging and plastic – “over 70 g of plastic foil and cardboard for only 1 gram of cannabis! ”

DeFranco also spoke about the effect legalization had on growers, quoting one grower as stating:

“You either went out of business or you got bigger to take care of it”.

He also points out how the activists, growers, and everyone else who battled for legalization are at risk of being pushed out by much bigger corporate interests with deeper pockets.

DeFranco also talks about the international repercussions of Canada legalizing and focuses on South Korea particularly.

When traveling abroad, many countries require their citizens to not just follow local laws, but the laws of the home country, and while cannabis is legal in Canada, it’s still very much illegal in South Korea.

South Korea is notorious for aggressively pursuing cannabis charges against its citizens using it abroad, and there are tens of thousands of South Korean students in Canada with many more tourists who visit each year, and the South Korean embassy warned its citizens in Canada it’s still illegal for them to use it.

Should you’re caught, you’re considering fines of up to 50 million won (roughly $58,000 CDN) or 5 years !

DeFranco’s message on cannabis for South Koreans in Canada:

“Just don’t do it… or don’t tweet about it and don’t have narcs as friends. ”

He ends the section with strong support for legalization and decriminalization, saying:

“It’s crazy to me that marijuana is still so villainized and it’s crazy to me that there are people in jail right now because they had weed on them. ”

Released at Wed, 31 Oct 2018 17:59:41 +0000

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