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Canada’s voting on legalising recreational marijuana

They'd be the first major economy to do it (sorry Uruguay)

Canada is voting on a bill to legalise recreational marijuana today, and it looks like people are pretty sure it's going to happen – making it the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalise it for recreational purposes.

What it means: This would be a big precedent for major economies to move towards legalising recreational marijuana.

Several states in the USA have legalised the drug, but not nationwide – meaning investors in the business often do everything in cash for fear of being treated as drug traffickers by the federal system.

If this bill goes through, Canada's going to try regulating the business in a bunch of different ways to figure out what's best for the economy, lowering crime, and improving public health.

One big concern the finance minister has is that private businesses will 'overcommercialise' the drug – he wants to sell it in plain packaging and set prices at just the right level to get rid of black market trade (because it won't be worth the risk if the legal stuff is affordable), but not so low that you're encouraging people to try it out.

If businesses get their hands on it, he says, they may go further to sell more, in ways he's worried could be damaging for public health in the long term.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?