MP Says Drug Prohibition Makes Gang Violence Worse

Canadian MP Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) called for an end to drug prohibition in the face of increasing gang violence.Canadian MP Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) called for an end to drug prohibition in the face of increasing gang violence.In the face of increasing gang violence in Canada, Member of Parliament Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP) called for an end to drug prohibition during members’ statements yesterday. “Alcohol prohibition did not work,” he said. “It took ending prohibition and implementing alcohol control policies to restore respect for the law and make progress.”

His statement:

Mr. Speaker, people all over greater Vancouver are deeply concerned about gang violence. While tough on crime measures always top the list of potential fixes, there is a growing realization that drug prohibition policies are making the situation worse.

Alcohol prohibition did not work. Many of the same problems now associated with the drug trade were experienced in the United States during its period of alcohol prohibition. Gang violence that often caught innocent citizens, impure and dangerous alcohol sold in black markets, home stills and underground production, untreated addictions and family dislocation were all serious issues.

It took ending prohibition and implementing alcohol control policies to restore respect for the law and make progress on alcohol related social issues.

We must apply what we know to be true. We must move from prohibition to drug control regimes modelled on the experience of alcohol prohibition and control. Bold steps to confront our drug use hypocrisy and end the profitability of illegal drugs will make our communities safer.

– From the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session Edited Hansard on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Comments

4 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    We need more people in politics that have a brain like Bill Siksay. Unfortunately not enough people are willing to make the necessary protest against prohibition. EVERYONE should be writing their MLA / MP. Our tax dollars are going towards prohibition and if you dont agree with it SAY SOMETHING or you ARE in support of these unjust laws.

  2. Anonymous on

    He’s my local constituent. 😀

  3. philip.wpg on

    I’m going to write my local constituent and tell them to take notes from Bill Siksay!

  4. Anonymous on

    Well put