Ron Orr, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) in Canada, represents the Lacombe-Panoka district in central Alberta, Canada. Orr is also Alberta’s official culture and tourism critic under United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney. As a devoted conservative, this politician believes that legal marijuana will fire up a communist revolution in Canada. In Canada, the law states that the individual provinces must create their own explicit regulations for the marijuana industry. With national recreational legalization approaching this summer, a politician that thinks legal marijuana will bring on war and the collapse of civilization is an issue.
“Let me tell you something, it doesn’t lead to the good life. It’s an escape.” Orr said. “The human tragedy of what’s going to happen with this has yet to be revealed.”
Let’s try to comprehend Ron Orr’s the logic behind his statement.
First, the “direct historical connection” between Canada’s highly regulated legal marijuana program and the opium trade of 17th century China first must be recognized. Then you can relate that marijuana is a flower people smoke, and “opium was just a flower” smoked “just like marijuana”. Are you following?
Next, marijuana has become a “fashionable, refined pastime among the young.” According to Orr, opium smoking was also a trend among youth at that time China. Make Sense? Lastly, forget about the different influences of the centuries of war that laid the groundwork for the Chinese Cultural Revolution to battles over opium trade. This is Orr’s logic, wonder what he’s smoking.
Here it is in Orr’s own words:
“Their whole society was so broken down and debilitated by [opium] 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.”
Other MLAs have commented on Orr’s bizarre concerns. Michael Connolly, an MLA in Canada’s New Democratic Party, tweeted his thoughts on Orr’s latest statements. “I doubt he has the grasp on reality that most people have,” said Connolly.