Posts by Russell Brown

  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Alfie,

    I’d hate to see either big tobacco or big pharma control the local industry. You just need to look at what’s happening in Oregon to see how that might go.

    Yeah. There’s been some criticism of the tight regulation in the Canadian law – which controls who can grow and how much – but the American approach has its problems too. Cannabis is, as Sanho Tree likes to note, a minimally-processed agricultural commodity. The US experience suggests the unregulated price floor is very low indeed, and gets lower if you allow mass production to dominate and kill off your small growers.

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  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Alfie,

    while others have created a free-for-all where big money will be allowed to dominate the market, effectively knocking out existing, smaller producers.

    As I noted above, it'll be interesting to see how the "micro" licences announced only a week ago turn out. And I get the impression that some of the more controlling regulations noted your link just won't be viable – making everyone deliver to a central warehouse before distribution to stores just seems dumb.

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  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Helga,

    Ontario has a state-run system for selling alcohol – rather like our licensing trust system. I think that these same outlets are also to sell cannabis.

    Which sort of makes sense. But there's also a strong case for keeping cannabis sales away from alcohol sales.

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  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework, in reply to Shaun Lott,

    How about looking at Colorado as an exemplar?

    Colorado got a few things wrong – allowing over-dosed edibles packaged like kids’ candy was never a good idea – but they’ve continued to pay attention and tweaked regulations as required. Their regulators and legislators seem motivated by evidence rather than scare stories.

    On the other hand, I think California’s provision for the expungement of old convictions is the new benchmark for reform.

    And I like that Canada is addressing the potential problem of Big Cannabis – the task force report covers diversity in the production sector. It’ll be interesting to see how their "micro” licences for craft producers turn out. It’s probably not something you'd see in capitalist America, but it could be a good solution,

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  • Feed: World of Food 8: Antigua and…, in reply to Amberleigh Jack,

    It’s a great spot! One of those places I’d have to go to with a strict budget, or things could get dangerous for me, haha.

    Can confirm.

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  • Feed: World of Food 8: Antigua and…,

    Not being too keen on a mission to town, I managed to find it locally locally out west at Euro-Dell – a cool little specialty store on Lincoln Road, nestled awkwardly in an industrial complex beside the motorway.

    That place is legendary. They're also the importers for a bunch of good European food lines, including Mutti tomatoes. Croatian family.

    It's a nice bike destination from Point Chev – since the upgrade to the motorway interchange, it's northwestern cycleway all the way. (They have also, happily, survived being almost cut off during the works.)

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  • Hard News: I Am: An authentic autism…, in reply to Rich Lock,

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    Not bad from a few pieces of grey plastic. The “dirt” on the base is also his work. He had to design, print and then cut out a template for the shoulder armour stripes. They still came out a little imperfect, but these are tiny figures.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    That is horrifying: much worse than the Human Rights Council. I had no idea. Thanks for highlighting it.

    I may have my lefty-liberal card withdrawn for saying so, but I agree. It’s way more serious than the UN Human Rights Council.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up,

    My attention has been drawn to this poll in which more than half of Republicans said they would support postponing the 2020 presidential election if Trump suggested it.

    Nearly as many believed Trump had won the popular vote.

    We are fucking doomed.

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  • Hard News: They want to blow it all up, in reply to peter payne,

    Putin’s whole intention is to undermine the rules-based world, returning to a 19th Century system where the powerful states can rule unimpeded.

    Or, more likely I think, to weaken everyone else and bring them down to Russia’s level.

    It’s the rational for Russian interference in the Brexit referendum, as well as the US election.

    Absolutely. It all joins up. What really gives me the shits is coming across fools from (ostensibly) both left and right who want to go along with it. It feels to me like Trump apologism is becoming more common outside America.

    The righties expose themselves as never having truly believed in the “conservative principles” they espoused, and the lefties basically don’t want to give up their boners for Julian Assange. I mean really, there's no foul action from Trump that won't prompt those idiots to try and bring up Hillary Clinton again.

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