Ian Mulgrew: Nothing confusing about marijuana laws

Ottawa is unequivocal in its stance on pot.

A generation after Canada’s first medical cannabis dispensary opened in Vancouver in 1997, city council and police are scrambling to regulate the business as if taken by surprise.

City Manager Penny Ballem says Ottawa has created “greyness and confusion,” sounding incredulous that there is a pot precinct downtown and more cannabis cafés on corners than Tim Hortons.

Where has she been?

The federal government has never been clearer about the demonized weed and has used the plant to draw a hardline for the fall election between it and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau.

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose is unequivocal in the current Reefer Madness-like TV campaign that warns marijuana fries teenage brains, provides no provable medical benefit and is most definitely illegal.

The law only looks “grey” if you’re standing in sideways West Coast rain or a cloud of 21st century, high...

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