There will be a lot of smiling and nodding and happy faces at the news that federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq is taking aim at marijuana growers who are hiding behind current laws to operate illegal drug businesses.
Nobody wants illegal grow ops in their neighbourhoods or in their communities.
We all pay for the electricity they steal. We all pay for the service costs they dodge by not paying taxes on their enterprising activities.
Nobody wants the dangers associated with living next door to such operations. There is always the very real risk that their colleagues in crime will bring violence to their "place of business" - which can easily spill onto the streets as they "protect their interests" or into nearby homes through "mistaken identity" or even into local shopping malls as they engage in open battle with one another.
Police officers risk their lives trying to protect innocent bystanders and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Firefighters face grave risks when they all too often have to deal with grow op fires - or fires in legitimate homes that they might have reason to fear could be grow ops? How many times have they felt they had reason to hesitate, when perhaps it hadn't been necessary? And how do you measure the cost of that?
We all pay the social costs. And we all are eager to shed those costs - or at least make those who force that burden on us pay.
But one thing about Aglukkaq's proposal bothers us. How will we know that her solution is the best possible?
She insists there will be a period of open consultation. and also insists her proposals will be implemented in 2014.
Why bother with the consultation, if she's so sure her solution is right?
Either honestly listen for the best answers, or do it right now.
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