If you weren’t aware, the prison guard unions have been one of the big contributors to the anti-marijuana lobby. Along with big pharma, the alcohol industry, and the police unions, the prison and jail guard unions have funneled money hand over fist into political campaigns in hopes of maintaining the profitability of locking up marijuana users for profit. In the course of any propaganda campaign, when you don’t have facts and reason on your side, you stoop to fabricating nonsensical problems that only maintaining the status quo will cure. In this case, the Quebec Jail Guards union has released a statement that it believes marijuana legalization will result in more violence behind bars.
According to the union, they expect an increase in prisoner related violence due to an influx of legal marijuana into the jails. That’s right, the Quebec Jail Guards Union believes that if people are free to exercise their rights to buy and consume marijuana, it will somehow lead to prisoner violence. This is a fabricated problem by an organization that makes a living depriving people of their freedom. Marijuana has always led to easy arrests for police, who then gain municipal funding by showing how many arrests they are making. Legalization puts an end to this cycle, which in the end puts profits above people.
As legalization gets closer and closer, you can expect waves of false information, and those who wish to promote fear and doubt in marijuana legalization becoming more vocal. Unfortunately, organizations like the Quebec Jail Guards union still hold a lot of political capital and enough money to sway the opinions of the people that matter. However, with each day that moves us closer to that July date, these organizations become more and more of a minority, so despite their political clout, it is unlikely they will have any significant impact on the inevitable outcome of legalization.
Cory Hughes is a former police officer turned cannabis cultivator and writer. After years of being on the wrong side of the law, Cory decided to hang up his badge and gun and move into an industry that truly has the potential of bringing people together. He has been an active part of the Colorado cannabis culture and has worked as a horticulturist in dozens of licensed grow operations. Cory now looks to share his knowledge of cultivation and horticulture with the world.