BRAUN: Governments have made a mess of pot legalization

Terrible dope shortages haunt the land. Illegal dealers push their shoddy wares on the unsuspecting. Oh, the horror! Etc.

Once all the various levels of government have finished blaming one another for the stalled launch of legal cannabis, here’s what’s left:

1) Many disgruntled vets of the illegal industry who have been shut out by a greedy government.

2) Meaningless police raids and new draconian laws.

According to a recent article in the Washington Post, a poll done at the end of 2018 showed that one-third of cannabis users in Canada were still buying from an illegal dealer.

The same article has specialists suggesting that the government’s need to control everything can only have bad results. Why exclude small growers and people who’ve worked in the black market industry for years when officials could have used their experience, their expertise … and their cannabis supply?