MLA Joan McIntyre Joins Kash Heed in Call for Pot Legalization

Today, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Joan McIntyre released the following statement in support of Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Kash Heed’s call for the legalization and regulation of marijuana.

“I join my colleague MLA Kash Heed in support of the legalization of marijuana. Like MLA Heed, I believe that ending the prohibition of marijuana will make our communities safer by taking the industry out of the hands of organized crime. Kash Heed and other experts, such as Dr. Julio Montaner and Dr. Evan Wood of the organization Stop the Violence BC, believe that marijuana prohibition increases gang violence in our province – violence which does not take place in a silo, but rather on the streets of our communities, putting B.C. families at risk.

“Prohibition has required a substantial investment in our police services, and places a heavy financial burden on the taxpayer. I believe, as my colleague Kash Heed does, that it draws police resources and capacity away from other, more pragmatic areas which would make our communities safer.

“In spite of the dedicated efforts of our police in B.C., a war on drugs only serves to drive organized crime further underground; it fails to end the cycle of violence and drug use, but succeeds in draining our coffers.

“I believe we need a paradigm shift from prohibition to one of regulation and taxation, making B.C. safer for us all.”

– Press release from MLA Joan McIntyre.

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  1. Anonymous on

    Interesting thoughts but way off base. If kids lose interest with pot because its legal that’s good. Kids shouldn’t be smoking pot or drinking so there isn’t a problem there. And if you are worried about shitty Govt weed, don’t. When alcohol legalization occurred the average potency of alcohol did get regulated but you won’t find many people that will say there’s no buzz from Govt vodka. Which of course isn’t made by the Govt but by legitimate businesses that compete with each other. And if regular booze isn’t good enough there is the ever potent 151 rum which can be used as fuel never mind as a beverage. The industry switched from hi potency moonshine to a safer regulated beverage that’s main concern was flavor appeal. The good will succeed and the rest will fail cuz we cannabis aficionados will not buy crap when there is something better available. Because let’s face it who has a wider selection, your dealer or the liquor store? We are closer now than ever before, time to push harder as people are starting to listen. Victory shall be ours!

  2. gutrod on

    Most would agree with this philosophy but it won’t work. By making it legal would take most of the fun out of it. Many young people begin experimenting with it because it is illegal. Once they get a taste of alcohol’s severe side effect, the dreaded hangover, they realize pot is less damaging to the body and continue to smoke pot as it is the lesser of the two evils. Government supplied cannabis would be the equivalent to drinking near beer.
    No buzz.