MLA Orr compares marijuana legalization to communist revolution in China

By rdnewsNOW staff
November 30, 2017 - 10:19am

A local MLA has compared the legalization of marijuana in Canada to the communist revolution in China.

Ron Orr, United Conservative Party culture and tourism critic and MLA for Lacombe – Ponoka, suggested human tragedy similar to what occurred in China during that country's communist revolution could result from marijuana legalization here.

Orr made the suggestion on Wednesday morning in the legislature.

“It wasn’t until the 1950s that China began to seriously eradicate the opium trade, the opium business, the opium tax revenue and all of these wonderful things that are supposed to be generated from recreational use of drugs,” he said.

“They actually got so serious about it, their whole society was so broken down and debilitated by it, that it contributed to the Chinese cultural revolution under the communists, the execution of thousands of people, dealers were executed, fields were plowed under and planted with real food, and I, for one, am not really willing to go down this road,” Orr added. “The human tragedy of what’s going to happen with this has yet to be revealed.”

NDP MLA Michael Connolly took to Twitter to question Orr’s argument, and his “grasp on reality"…

The province is bringing in rules to align with Ottawa’s plan to have marijuana legal across Canada as of July 1, 2018.

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