Rolling Papers

Rolling Papers 2015 Hot DocsHeader-image-StephenBy Robert K. Stephen

(TORONTO, ON) – What we can expect from Trudeaumania? Assume Trudeaumania sweeps the country during the next federal election. Will Canada become the next Colorado with legalized marijuana?

Perhaps we should pay some attention to the documentary Rolling Papers to ascertain what might happen in Canada? And it’s not going to be simple and it’s not going to happen overnight.

There will need to be a legislative framework concerning labelling, maximum potency, testing, and enforcement. By the time this is all determined, Justin may be out of power. So, all you potheads out there better believe the new Trudeau administration is working on it right now.

This documentary chronicles the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and its coverage by the Denver post that appoints a marijuana editor and toys with employing a couple of marijuana critics. There goes my job as a wine critic.

You’ll see these critics sniffing, smoking, and remarking on taste and the effects on the body and the mind.

Weed as a competitor to wine. Does the state of Colorado really care, considering the millions of dollars in tax revenue earned? Not to be trite here, but governments have monopolistic control over booze, so why not sex and drugs.

If you think that simply saying weed is legal is an easy task for a government seeking to regulate its distribution, this documentary is compelling. Can you imagine walking into a store in any Canadian city and deciding whether to purchase Superlemon Haze, Tahoe Original Gangster, Pineapple Express, or Ghost Train Haze?

Can you also imagine regulations dealing with potency, labelling, distribution, and quality control? Get ready for an MCBO in Ontario.

Rest assured, like gambling and booze in Ontario, there will be little hope of privatization. We poor taxpayers have been tossed a pathetic little bone of beer in grocery stores. Can you imagine the WCBO controlling sales of weed in Ontario? That might take at least 50 years.

Oh, but the money to be earned.

The enormous cost of boomer healthcare may lead to no choice for governments but to oust organized crime and take control of drug trafficking.

(Rolling Papers, USA, 79 Minutes, Director Mitch Dickman, Part of Toronto Hot Docs Festival 24 April, 26 April, 2May 2015)

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About the Author

Robert Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC.

Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden.

Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he loves The Square. His motto is, “Have Story, Will Write.”

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1 Comment on "Rolling Papers"

  1. Look at what it cost Ontario residence to live here with the high costs and high taxes. Could you imagine what it would cost us in Canada if we also had a Liberal Federal government. We would most likely see 50% of Canadians living on the street because of the high cost of utilities and taxes.

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