Monday, July 16, 2007
The True North, Stoned and Free.
This above line is the title of an article in today’s Globe and Mail.
Neat, huh? It’s a take on a line from our National Anthem – “The True North, Strong and Free…”
“According to the United Nations' 2007 World Drug Report released last week, Canadians lead the industrialized world in marijuana smoking. Canadians are four times more likely to have smoked pot in the past year than residents of nearly every other country.”
We even beat the Netherlands!
Experts say that our “fondness for weed” reveals something about our national character but their opinions differ in the extreme.
Albert de Goias, director of the Toronto-based Prometheum Institute, thinks, “it's symptomatic of a collective lack of ambition.”
Others say our recreational use is, “merely a side effect of the country's go-getter work ethic.”
“In 2001, Canada became the first country to legalize medical marijuana. In 2003, Jean Chrétien's Liberals tabled a bill to decriminalize marijuana possession, but the legislation died in 2006.
Still, 55 per cent of Canadians believe marijuana should be legal, according to an Angus Reid poll conducted this June.”
The Canuck tendency to smoke pot may be a result of “social liberalism” or simply because, “the illegality of marijuana actually boosts its appeal.”
Gotta sign off, dudes. Haven’t decided whether to slack off today or be a go-getter. Either way, I’ve got the munchies.