You know the idea bandied about. That everything must be regulated. For how can anyone know what they may make unless the bureaucrats tell them? And how can anyone be safe if there are no rules about what may be bought?
Then there’s simple observation. Does regulation make things better? To which the answer is, well:
The consensus on Vancouver’s cannabis-focused Reddit feeds is that the legal market is struggling to attract buyers because its product is more expensive but lower in quality than the black market alternative.
It is, of course, possible to consider who is defining “worse”. But for any form of consumption the only people whose opinion matter are the consumers:
“The government’s pot is too expensive. The government doesn’t show you a picture of what you’re buying before you buy it, so you cannot be informed as a consumer. The government weed has been full of bugs, mouldy or too dry in some cases, and often takes too long to get there,” one user said.
“The legal stuff is garbage,” said another Reddit user. A third said: “Friends don’t let friends smoke government weed.”
Government regulation – making the black market cheaper and with better product. That’s some achievement.