The Vancouver Sun: Provincial Leaders Must Take a Stand on Marijuana

“The case demonstrating the failure and harms of marijuana prohibition is airtight. The evidence? Massive profits for organized crime, widespread gang violence, easy access to illegal cannabis for our youth, reduced community safety, and significant – and escalating – costs to taxpayers.”

You might think that statement comes from some marijuana activist group or libertarian think-tank. But, in fact, it comes from four people with a considerably more “respectable” pedigree: former British Columbia attorneys-general Colin Gabelmann, Ujjal Dosanjh, Graeme Bowbrick and Geoff Plant.

But the former A-Gs didn’t stop at merely calling attention to what should now be obvious to anyone who has taken even a cursory look at the consequences of marijuana prohibition. Rather, the A-Gs also called upon Premier Christy Clark and provincial opposition leader Adrian Dix to endorse the regulation of marijuana or to explain how they will otherwise deal with the all too obvious consequences of prohibition.

In so doing, the A-Gs became the latest members of an increasingly impressive group of people who are calling for an end to the criminalization of marijuana. Late last year, four former Vancouver mayors – Sam Sullivan, Larry Campbell, Philip Owen and Mike Harcourt – advocated for an end to prohibition, and they were joined by the B.C. Health Officers Council. And all of these groups have endorsed the campaign of Stop the Violence B.C., a coalition of academic, legal, law enforcement and health experts which has been mobilizing people to overturn marijuana prohibition.

There is one more organization that ought to be added to this growing chorus, though, and that is none other than The Vancouver Sun, which has consistently called for an end to destructive marijuana laws since 2003. And everything we wrote about the damage done by prohibition is as true today as it was nearly a decade ago – even truer, you might say, since the escalating war on drugs has only escalated the harm done.

We therefore called on the federal government, which is responsible for the criminal law, to end this debacle, but that call has fallen on deaf ears. Indeed, Bill C-10, the omnibus crime bill now before the Senate, will merely make things worse by introducing mandatory prison sentences for non-violent marijuana offences.

Given this lack of leadership at the federal level, it is imperative that provincial leaders step up and fill the vacuum. While the criminal law remains a federal matter, the provinces can certainly have an impact on federal policy, just as they did when they advocated for an end to providing defendants with 2-for-1 credit for time served before conviction.

Now it is time for B.C.’s leaders to play a similar role by informing the federal government of their opposition to Bill C-10’s provision to impose mandatory sentences for marijuana offences. Yet instead, Premier Clark has endorsed Bill C-10, while Opposition leader Adrian Dix has expressed no position at all on the legislation.

This simply isn’t good enough. And so we end our editorial by posing to provincial leaders the same question posed by the former A-Gs: If you do not support taxation and regulation of marijuana as a strategy to better protect community health and safety, what is your plan to reduce gang violence related to the illegal marijuana trade, ensure the judicial system works efficiently and effectively in the face of escalating convictions, pay for increased prison costs while the B.C. government runs deficits, and prevent criminal enterprises from targeting B.C.’s youth for cannabis sales?

Clark and Dix owe British Columbians an honest answer to this honest question.

– Article from The Vancouver Sun.

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  1. Paul Pot on

    The former drug war warriors who now very sensibly support ending the drug war have saved themselves from going on trial for crimes against humanity.

    The closer the end of the drug war gets the less the chance that the war criminals have to save themselves.

    Save yourselves and join us.

    For the rest they will become more dangerous as they begin to fight just to save their lives. But they won’t be any more successful than any Arab dictator.

  2. Anonymous on

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    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 4:21 AM

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    CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT TO PROSECUTE CRIMINALS
    Friday, February 24, 2012 9:33 PM

    Feb 25
    CITIZENS HAVE A RIGHT TO PROSECUTE CRIMINALS
    Small Group of Lawyers Launches Big Battle Against Corruption
    Published: Thursday, 23 Feb 2012 | 11:36 AM ET

    The headquarters of Sherpa is housed in a cramped office building on Paris’ Rue de Milan. The one-room office is littered with stacks of thick, colorful folders, labeled with far-flung locales like “Gabon” and “Equatorial Guinea.” Sherpa is made up of a group of volunteer lawyers who scour financial and property records in order to trace assets back to corrupt leaders and stem illicit capital flows. The director of the nonprofit is Maud Perdriel-Vaissiere, a slight, intense woman fueled by nicotine and a passion for bringing down the dictators whose assets she tracks.

    The work the pro-bono lawyers do is unglamorous and labor intensive, she says, because it is work that law enforcement should be doing.

    “We would prefer that the public prosecutors do their job properly. But they don’t,” says Perdriel-Vaissiere.

    “States keep on, you know, saying that they are going to do their utmost to fight corruption. … But the fact is that not a single state in the western part of the world is really willing to take legal actions,” Perdriel-Vaissiere told CNBC.

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    “The difficulty that we may face is that we don’t want to give the money back to the very same people who have embezzling it for years,” she says.

    But Perdriel-Vaissiere has hope. “If one kleptocrat is convicted, the others might be less willing to embezzle funds. We have to move forward, and a lot needs to be done.”

    Why is Lyme Disease Not JUST a Tick-Borne Disease Any More?
    Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 05 2012 | 218,853 views
    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/05/dr-dietrich-klinghardt-on-lyme-disease.aspx?e_cid=20120205_SNL_Art_1

    By Dr. Mercola
    One of the most frustrating characteristics of multi-national drug corporations is their commitment to the corporate mantra of maximizing profits for their shareholders at any cost, including that of human lives.
    The testing of dangerous drugs and vaccines on children is an area that is particularly risk-filled…
    The Nuremberg Code provides ethical guidelines for medical researchers to protect human test subjects in scientific experiments from injury, disability or death.
    The first principle of the Nuremberg Code—that doctors must obtain voluntary informed consent from the person about to be experimented on—appears to be frequently ignored, especially when it comes to clinical trials of experimental vaccines.

    In recent news, the Argentinean Federation of Health Professionals accused GlaxoSmithKline of misleading participants and pressuring impoverished, disadvantaged families into enrolling their children in clinical trials of the experimental Synflorix pediatric pneumonia vaccine.
    Fourteen of the children participating in the experimental vaccine trial died. Glaxo Smith Kline denies the charges and says it will appeal the nearly $240,000 fine imposed on the company and two doctors. According to CNN:
    “The deaths of 14 children, who reportedly died after participating in the trials, have drawn widespread attention in Argentinean media… GlaxoSmithKline categorically denies that the vaccine caused the deaths… But the health professional federation pointed to the children’s deaths in its call for increased regulations on drug testing.”

    OUR EDUCATED LEADERS FEEL IT IS THEIR RIGHT TO KILL AND STEAL EVERYTHING FROM THE UNINFORMED IN THE LIFE.
    YOU HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ANY RESPECT – HERE IS A PLAN WE ALL CAN BENEFIT
    FROM AS THE GUILTY ARE PURGED.

    Former B.C. Attorneys General Call for Legalization of Pot
    By Wendy Stueck, The Globe and Mail – Tuesday, February 14 2012

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    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/26/obama-war-on-weed.aspx?e_cid=20111126_DNL_art_1

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/07/medical-marijuana-becoming-blockbuster-drug.aspx

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    Friday, February 17, 2012 12:33 AM
    California Attorney General Kamala Harris
    December 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 pm
    FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT FOR MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME
    AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE ON MARIJUANA WHITE COLLAR CRIME!

    The Federal Tort Claims Act or “FTCA”, (June 25, 1948, ch. 646, Title IV, 62 Stat. 982, “28 U.S.C. Pt.VI Ch.171? and 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b)), is a statute enacted by the United States Congress in 1948. “Federal Tort Claims Act” was also previously the official short title passed by the Seventy-ninth Congress on August 2, 1946 as Title IV of the Legislative Reorganization Act, 60 Stat. 842, which was classified principally to chapter 20 (§§ 921, 922, 931–934, 941–946) of former Title 28, Judicial Code and Judiciary.
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    Bill O’Reilly Thinks Medical Marijuana is a Sneaky Plot to Give People Medicine, Or Something.

    Bill O’Reilly’s indignant posturing is typical of the contemporary medical marijuana skeptic: I have no problem with medical use, but any plan for supplying patients is a fraud and anyone who grows or sells marijuana is a scumbag.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhdBNmCANzk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95eF4Dn3CL0
    http://www.underourskin.com

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Cannabis plant extracts can effectively fight drug-resistant bacteria.
    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=5787866&page=1

    Antibacterial Cannabinoids from Cannabis sativa
    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/np8002673?journalCode=jnprdf&quickLinkVolume=71&quickLinkPage=1427&volume=71

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The email sent out by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.

    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime.
    Submitted by Anonymous () on Fri, 02/24/2012 – 21:21.