Bid to Decriminalize Marijuana Goes to Union of British Columbia Municipalities

A panel of medical and legal experts — including former B.C. attorney-general Geoff Plant — will try to convince the Union of B.C. Municipalities to support the decriminalization of marijuana and its regulated sale.

The panel is holding a debate in Victoria on Monday in advance of the UBCM’s annual convention.

Delegates are later expected to vote on a resolution that calls on governments to “decriminalize marijuana and research the regulation and taxation of marijuana.”

“We’re hoping this issue gains more traction with provincial politicians and contributes to discussions about health and safety issues that are a direct consequence of cannabis prohibition,” Dr. Evan Wood, a professor of medicine at the University of B.C. and the director of the Urban Health Initiative at the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, said Friday.

Wood is a member of Stop the Violence B.C., a coalition of public health experts, academics, lawyers and law-enforcement officials dedicated to implementing marijuana policies that improve public health.

– Read the entire article at The Province.