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  • Political cartoonists have the arduous

  • task of packing a mountain of information

  • into a very small space.

  • So they have evolved over the decades

  • a visual vocabulary to help the reader

  • ingest and enjoy their work.

  • The most obvious example of these cartooning

  • tools is the iconic national symbol.

  • There's the Russian bear, the Chinese dragon,

  • and of course our old friend

  • Uncle Sam among others.

  • My drawing for this week's edition of

  • The Economist features two of these classic characters.

  • The first is the plucky persona for Canada,

  • the beaver. The Canadian beaver will have

  • a high profile this week because his country

  • will be only the second on the planet,

  • besides Uruguay, to legalize the use of marijuana.

  • This is a big deal for Canadian cannabis consumers,

  • a boon for government tax coffers,

  • and a public policy worth watching.

  • No doubt many, including Americans,

  • will be eyeing this with hope,

  • while many others will view it

  • with suspicion.

  • America's attitude to marijuana

  • has been erratic.

  • A spattering of local laws that offer

  • medicinal and recreational relief

  • for consumers, while federal laws

  • continue to ban it.

  • The Canadian experiment with legalization

  • will no doubt put a hot spotlight

  • on this incongruity.

  • But there's another burning issue

  • in the spotlight this week.

  • A comprehensive UN report was released

  • describing the perilous state

  • of the world's climate.

  • It states that urgent action is required

  • to reverse the calamitous effect

  • of climate change.

  • Trump's America is not heeding

  • the call to action.

  • Instead, our old friend Uncle Sam

  • seems more inclined to retire outside

  • and have a toke,

  • and not of marijuana.

Political cartoonists have the arduous

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From cannabis to climate change: North America's burning issues | The Economist

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    michelle posted on 2019/08/18
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