Canada to Cop: It's OK to Smoke Pot, Just Not In Uniform

If only all our drug debates were like this one.


As marijuana grows more socially and legally acceptable, the political issues around it evolve:

Dude, I'm so high right now.

Cpl Ronald Francis, an officer with more than 20 years' service in the eastern province of New Brunswick, has a medical prescription that allows him to take up to 3g of the drug daily to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, Canadian broadcaster CBC reports. While senior officers have said that his marijuana use is fine under Canadian medical and human rights laws, they have drawn the line over smoking in public while wearing the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police]'s famous red serge uniform. Assistant commissioner Gilles Moreau told CBC that "it would not portray the right message to the general public, it's definitely not something we would support or condone."

If only all our drug debates were like this one.

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  1. “Good evening, sir, we’re looking for, like, a fugitive, man, and like he robbed some banks and shit. So I was wondering if you’ve seen him, here’s a groovy photo, you can, like, *hear* the colors, that’s how groovy the photo is…is that a bag of nachos? Let me check…wow, its like full of banknotes! I’m sorry to kill your buzz, man, but you’ll have to accompany me to the station. I *knew* you looked familiar…”

  2. Did some crazy lunatic just donate $50,000 to reason? The donation bar was at $25K a minute ago, and now it’s at $75K.

    1. Do we have a secret rich libertarian in our ranks?

      1. All libertarians are rich, which is why we advocate policies that harm poor people.

        1. You would stereotype like that, Hugh. Next you’ll say that we’re all white cismen. When everyone knows there are, like, 7 libertarian women.

          1. This is why there are no libertarian wymn. And Nikki doesn’t count because she’s worse than all of us.

            1. Nikki is even worse than Nikki.

              1. Nikki is even worse than Nikki.

                In moments of idleness I sometimes wonder what the spawn of Nikki and Warty would do to the nation.

                1. In moments of idleness I sometimes wonder what the spawn of Nikki and Warty would do to the nation.

                  Be very, very attractive?

                  1. In moments of idleness I sometimes wonder what the spawn of Nikki and Warty would do to the nation.

                    He would be the Libertarian who Mounts The World.

                  2. Still like this definition:
                    The Typical Libertarian is hated by conservatives because he wants the freedom to snort coke off a teenaged hookers ass while smoking pot and watching a movie full of boobies and cuss words in preparation for sodomizing his illegal immigrant housekeeper, Carlos. The Typical Libertarian also wants criminals, terrorists and Mexicans to roam freely about causing all manner of social chaos, and has no interest in forcing people to love Jesus Christ. The Typical Libertarian is a traitor to the GOP and America because he failed to support the war in Iraq, the PATRIOT Act, the Stimulus, and both Bush and McCain, despite the fact that both men once said something at a cocktail party about maybe possibly lowering taxes on some people some day.

                    The Typical Libertarian is hated by liberals because he is a crypto-archconservative who wants poor people to go without education, medical care, police protection, food, shelter, and oxygen. The Typical Libertarian spends his weekends running down endangered species in his monstrous, gas-guzzling SUV before stopping off to smoke a pack of cigarettes in a daycare. The Typical Libertarian wants the world to be run by unaccountable multinational conglomerates instead of unaccountable governments. The Typical Libertarian is a racist, sexist, profit-driven nihilist who failed to mark the ascendance of the Chosen One, and has never protested for Union rights nor worn a T-shirt with the word Darfur on it..

                    1. But I voted for the girl in the Darfur T-shirt in a wet T-shirt contest once.


                    That’s like asking what the offspring of Cthulu and Nyarlathotep would look like.

                    OH MY GOD

            2. she’s worse than all of us

              To be fair, she may be a better gay man than I am, but I suppose that doesn’t help with the libertarian wymmyn problem.

              1. Swarthy. I’m going to go with swarthy.

                1. Enormous, definitely. Musclebound, certainly. Debonair, obviously. But swarthy??? Are you confusing me with Epi again?

                  1. Enormous, definitely. Musclebound, certainly. Debonair, obviously.

                    And that’s if it’s a girl.

                  2. Sweaty. She meant sweaty.

                  3. I’m just musing on a process I assume will not exactly resemble…natural human reproduction.

                    And I mean, how else is he going to be the Libertarian That Mounts the World?

                    1. I want pics when you eat Episiarch’s heart.

                    2. So that’s how it ends up swarthy then…

                      We should have known who could best explain these things.

                    3. There is only one true Warty and SugarFree (PBUH) is his prophet.

                    4. What heart?

                      (I really wanted to find a clip from the end of Miller’s Crossing when Bernie tries the “look into your heart” shit on Tom again, and Tom goes “what heart?” and shoots him in the face, but no dice)

                    5. I want pics when you eat Episiarch’s heart.

                      Would that be good for her cholesterol?

                    6. You need to eat 4,000% per day of what the foolish FDA recommends in order to ensure a healthy Wartbaby.

        2. We are either rich robber barons or poor ignorant sheep blindly following the rich robber barons any given week.. I can’t keep track.

          1. It’s rich robber barons all the way down.

      2. How can anyone afford anything in a Hunger Games Society!

      3. Well I’m rich in slave orphans and monocle stock piles, but neither seem to be highly valuable products in todays economy.

        1. If you have cute orphans J.i.MB. Talent Conglomerate can convert them into Adorphans for renting out as spokes orphans for businesses…for a nominal fee of course.

          1. Some of us are pretty poor. My last slave orphan is in the oven now.

    2. It was of the lesser-known Koch brothers…Billy Bob Koch.

  3. From the original article:

    Francis said he experienced stress on the job early in his career, while serving the First Nation in Davis Inlet and in his own community of Kingsclear First Nation. He began to seek treatment for mental distress eight years ago.

    At first, his doctors prescribed anti-depressants, but he did not feel any significant improvement.

    “I started to self-medicate with alcohol. And I said no, this is not me. Why am I doing this? And I was going through treatment for PTSD at the time, and the RCMP did provide treatment, and I thank the RCMP for that.”

    So he contracted “PTSD” from his job being a Canadian Mountie? Perhaps he could’ve just, you know, quit his job. Sort of an insult to people who actually suffer PTSD from horrific war experiences or having spent the night with Nancy Pelosi.

    1. the night with Nancy Pelosi

      I don’t think permanent catatonia is technically PTSD.

      1. I was forced to watch Obama’s speech yesterday on MSNBC. I’m going to apply for disability today.

      2. Her husband has apparently managed to whore himself out to her in exchange for insider trading tips.

      3. More like permanent ED.

    2. He was diagnosed with PTSD, you know. He “actually” suffers from it. He doesn’t need your approval. Dick.

      1. Poor baby. Please reach into the bottom of your cracker jack box and pull out your super secret humor decoder.

        1. Yes, it is a joke. No, it is not funny.

    3. I had dinner with my buddy last night who is a manager at a local hospital (Ontario, Canada) of the nurses in his unit. He told me he is having trouble hiring the staff he needs because he can’t get permission to hire them as anything but temporary. So no one wants the job. Why can’t he get permission? Because they have so many people on extended sick leave who can’t be fired or positions replaced by permanent staff.

      Single payers bureaucracy at work.

      1. I had a friend who is an audiologist. He relocated to get a job at a state hospital, but after a year it just turned out to be a temp job for a woman who was on maternity leave. The hospital had to lie to get someone for the job, and would’ve preferred to keep my friend for the job, but her job was guaranteed by law.

        1. Ah, the joy of emulating European maternity leave, nu?

          1. Actually this was in the US. UNM Hospital. I think the maternity leave was mandated by the state.

        2. He actually relocated based on a lie? That really sucks.

          1. Yup.

  4. You know, I think Nell was sleeping with Horse.

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