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Legalization

The business of pot

By Doug Beazley March 3, 2015 3 March 2015

The business of pot

Once there was a federal government with a drug problem. Publicly, it was fighting a war on drugs. Privately, it knew it was losing both the war and the argument.

A government commission recommended that the drug be decriminalized for recreational use. And tobacco companies — anxious to co-opt what they saw as a threat to their core market — began exploring the idea of getting into legal weed.

“The only real threat to our business is that society will find other means of satisfying those needs,” read one confidential memo from an unnamed tobacco industry executive.

The government in question was Richard Nixon’s administration; he ignored the 1972 presidential commission’s recommendation and opted to keep marijuana illegal. But the parallels between where the American drug conversation was 43 years ago and where Canada’s is right now are striking.

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Out from the dark

By Doug Beazley August 6, 2014 6 August 2014

Out from the dark

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Whose duty to consult?

By Doug Beazley March 5, 2014 5 March 2014

Whose duty to consult?

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No privilege at the border

By Doug Beazley January 3, 2014 3 January 2014

No privilege at the border

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Condo disputes: Keeping the lawyers out

By Doug Beazley November 19, 2013 19 November 2013

Condo disputes: Keeping the lawyers out

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