One toke over the line: Commons, Senate battle over limits on home-grown pot, branding

From: Calgary Sun | Opinion

Mark Bonokoski


Right now, street gangs, outlaw bikers and other criminal elements remain the only dealer in town until the House of Commons reviews the Senate’s recommendations on Bill C-45, makes its decision on the no-goes, and then sends it off for Royal Assent.


Look no further than the cigarette business, where legally-manufactured and highly regulated cigarettes cost upwards to $115 for a carton of 200 smokes in convenience stores, but only $10-$20 for a baggie of contraband cigarettes on the nearest First Nations reserve where smoke shacks and illegal pot dispensaries are now starting to rival each other in numbers.

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