Unless you're living under a rock, it's hard to miss the fact that recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada on Wednesday.
As with any other major event in the country, Canadian editorial cartoonists picked up their pens and pencils and went to work, and a lot of what they delivered was truly spectacular.
The Halifax Chronicle-Herald's Bruce MacKinnon, who is known for his brilliant and viral cartoons, referenced the Liberal government's commitment to pipelines, both the weed and oil kinds, in a 2016 cartoon that started circulating again after legalization.
Another viral cartoonist, freelancer Michael de Adder, summarized the history of Canada with a few strokes of his pen for the Chronicle-Herald's Wednesday editorial cartoon.
The Hamilton Spectator's long-time editorial cartoonist, Graeme MacKay, went in a different direction with his depiction of an Inukshuk holding a bong and wearing a Rastacap and shirt in the Rastafarian colours, with a reference to Bob Marley's song "Jamming" on it.
The Toronto Star's Theo Moudakis focused on legalization in Ontario with a to-the-point cartoon on how much things have changed this year: updated sex-ed is out, legal recreational cannabis is in.
He also posted past marijuana cartoons on his Twitter page, including a hit from 2016 that shows Tim Hortons branching out in a different, but inevitably successful direction.
Not every cartoon was a hit, however. The National Post's cartoon, which they ran on the front cover, missed the mark for a lot of people.
Dude!?? pic.twitter.com/PVReOkTP4n— National Post (@nationalpost) October 17, 2018
And those people didn't hesitate to share their opinions about the piece on social media.
This is just... bad. I need someone to explain why it's funny so they can hear themselves and realize how wrong they are.— Allison Karch (@AllisonKarch) October 17, 2018
Who says our national papers are outdated dinosaurs? I had no idea we were required to lace our joints with PCP if we wanted to smoke weed legally. Consider me informed.— 💀gravegrapes💀 (@davegrapes) October 17, 2018
Now that recreational cannabis is legal, we doubt this is the last series of cartoons we'll see about it.
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