The world is set to promote puff as being safer than tobacco, if Canada’s plans are anything to go by. With the country intending to legalise commercially-produced marijuana by 2019, a report in the Ottawa Globe & Mail reveals that, while the federal government is moving towards plain packaging of cannabis, there have no been no calls for graphic pictures of cancerous lungs, goitres and so on; and far from warning that smoking grass may cause cancer – like the smoke from any other burnt organic material – the only concrete health proposal so far is that “a clear message [should be sent] that cannabis causes impairment and that the best way to avoid driving impaired is to not consume.”

Anyone who believes that the ‘war on drugs’ is a lost cause must welcome this initiative, whatever its limits. Nonetheless, it does point up a contradiction in policy-making – and one that is made completely irrational by Canada’s war on nicotine delivery. Never mind tobacco – the government in Ottawa seems intent on stamping out the new, much less harmful nicotine technologies, simply because they derive their active ingredient from the same plant. (There are currently proposals in parliament to impose the same labelling restrictions on e-cigarettes as on traditional tobacco products.)

Where this may come unstuck, of course, is that marijuana can be also vaped; indeed, that’s the method of choice among right-on West Coast connoisseurs. But Canada has yet to address that anomaly…

by PoplaStaff