Politicians created drug prohibition. Drug prohibition created the gangs and cartels. Now Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada have passed new laws guaranteed to give the gangs more power.
The Conservatives have been told repeatedly by experts that prohibition causes more damage than the drugs themselves. One need only look south to Mexico to see the proof, where prohibition-fuelled gang violence has spiraled out of control and is getting worse.
Last week the Conservative majority passed C-10, a controversial crime bill that includes mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent marijuana offenses. Canada’s crackdown is likely to increase the power and scope of gangs here at home.
If you think Mexico-style violence is a long way from our Canadian streets, think again.
In January, the Vancouver Sun published this report about the murder of a Canadian gang member in Mexico. The article gives details and history of connections between Mexican cartels and Canada’s UN gang.
Harper’s new crime policies will put a chill on small-time growers and dealers and further push illegal marijuana business into the hands of organized gangs like the UN, whose members are willing to take the risks and defy the law. The Conservatives know this, or at least have been informed repeatedly, time and again, by the experts who do.
I’m forced to wonder, as I read another article on the latest gang-shooting in Vancouver, if Stephen Harper and his Conservative goons actually want more danger, more death, and more drugs on the street. Or maybe it’s just more cash and contracts for their corporate buddies.
Unless their destructive new policies can be fought in the courts, Bill C-10 may give the Cons exactly what they’ve been asking for.