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Daniel A. Betts
FEATURE -- No marijuana was consumed by The Torch Online Media staff prior to, or at the time of this article being composed and published.
Mainstream media headlines in 2016 and 2017 reported a rise in marijuana dispensaries being raided by Metropolitan Police Services, particularly in Toronto.
Initially, dispensary owners and administrators had been painted as being anti-social, by inferring that they promoted criminal activity by not reporting occasions when they had been robbed.
When this didn't render the desired outcome, and with members of the public citing that marijuana was on the fast track to being legalized in Canada, along with workers being stabbed and more, the Ontario government appears to have revised their position to "if we can't beat 'em then we'd like to not merely join 'em, but openly replace 'em."
It's an aged business approach, since it's 100 per cent guaranteed to succeed.
If three lemonade stands service the same area, competition and fair pricing stand to protect the consumer.
If the long arm of the law is used to portray two of the vendors as villains - jailing them and crushing both legally and financially - the sole remaining lemonade stand will dominate their local market and control it outright.
This is not simple Supply vs Demand, this tactic is outright "monopolization."
On Fri. March. 17 2017, on behalf of Federal Health Minister Dr. Jane Philpott, Press Secretary Andrew MacKendrick responded to a request made by The Torch Online Media with a phone call that began a game of phone-tag, which failed to conclude with a conversation or statement.
Health Minister Philpott was last spotted being chauffeured in a taxpayer-funded limousine.
Toronto Police Services would not confirm information The Torch received indicating that Toronto Police Services were directed to "escalate [their] efforts to put [privately-owned] marijuana dispensaries out of business," which resulted in the ensuing headlines telling of Marc and Jodie Emery being arrested for running their business.
Should the government legalize marijuana, there would be far more customers seeking to purchase marijuana for recreational use as well as self-medicating use.
With the Emery's Cannabis Culture shops and similar businesses closed by policing authorities prior to marijuana being declared legal for recreational/non-prescribed use and resale, even a simpleton can see that Canadian tax dollars are being used to secure control over the marijuana market in Canada.
Is the Canadian government is eliminating their competition before their competition becomes their competition?
Daniel A. Betts is a freelance photographer and photojournalist with the Torch Online Media. Visit his personal website at www.dbiphotography.com