The Globe and Mail, the national newspaper that endorsed Harper’s Conservative Party in 2015, continues to bash cannabis from every angle as Canada moves towards legalization of the production, sale and consumption of the plant.
The Conservative Party’s biggest fanboys this side of Ezra Levant, and cannabis’ biggest naysayer this side of SAM Canada, the Globe and Mail has a long history of badmouthing any and all things cannabis-related, be it black market dispensaries, legal cannabis producers, cannabis consumers, cannabis researchers and medical experts, the regulator, and just about anything else they can use to demonize the plant and the process of legalization, while also pretending to be objective.
Their tactics tend to be masked under the guise of ‘sticking it’ to one aspect of the cannabis industry or another, from blatant clickbait hit pieces on a cannabis CEO—absurdly comparing him to Donald Trump—to misrepresenting simple product recall processes, to exaggerating health concerns with a small number of dispensaries or acting as useful idiots for self-interested industry tycoons who seek to raise the regulatory bar so high that cannabis can only be manufactured under expensive, oppressive regulations that only multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical companies could ever afford to adhere to.
While at times relying on op-eds from well-seasoned reporters and columnists, the G&M’s preferred tack is to find a reporter from an entirely different beat with utterly no knowledge about cannabis or the cannabis industry to undertake an in-depth ‘investigation’ into one issue or another.
Relying entirely on malformed, preconceived notions spoonfed to them by the editor, the reporter then spends several weeks mining interviews to find a few out of context half-sentences they can use to adhere to said predetermined conclusion, appeasing their editors who likely take their marching orders from embedded corporate and political interests who seek to ensure that legalization goes poorly, or at least that Canadians think it does.
“DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMM!” read one recent headline from a writer who is normally a food blogger, but undertook a three-month investigation into cannabis supply streams.
The article begins by employing numerous straw men to frame the conversation in a way that makes it seem like only the Globe and Mail dares to suggest that cannabis maybe doesn’t actually cure world hunger, then moves on to breathlessly report what anyone in the cannabis industry already knows: there will likely be product shortages in the first months of legalization.
Ironically, the author manages to blame the government for this expected product shortage, while also suggesting that the government should be even more strict in how they regulate these products, which would obviously lead to even greater product shortages.
“It’s awesome,” said one reporter whose name possibly rhymes with Fant Globertsom. “I don’t know anything about cannabis or this industry, but that doesn’t stop me from pretending I am the only one who knows anything at all.”
“I can’t wait for my next journalism award for this.”