Decriminalization of Pot is a Sensible Idea Whose Time Has Come

The Harper Conservatives have newly nixed the idea of reforming Canada’s pot laws but that’s not stopping activists in B.C. from mobilizing for decriminalization.

The issue is back in the news following Nov. 6 votes in Colorado and Washington to relax marijuana legislation.

Like Canada’s government, the Obama administration, remains opposed, making a showdown between state voters and Washington, D.C., almost inevitable.

The same sort of showdown, between B.C. and Ottawa, doubtless would ensue should a proposed 2014 referendum to decriminalize pot be endorsed by B.C.’s voters.

Of course, British Columbians have taken on Ottawa before. A 2011 referendum in B.C. killed the HST, mandating reinstatement of the PST and GST, set for 2013.

And it seems the Harper government lately is finding itself on the wrong side of B.C. public opinion on a number of fronts.

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.

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  1. Anonymous on

    This is an excerpt from the green party book and vision for Canada in 2020 :

    4.8 Ending the war on drugs
    In 2008, according to the Treasury Board, Canada spent $61.3 million targeting illicit drugs, with a
    majority of that money going to law enforcement. Most of that was for the “war” against cannabis
    (marijuana). Marijuana prohibition is also prohibitively costly in other ways, including criminalizing
    youth and fostering organized crime. Cannabis prohibition, which has gone on for decades, has utterly
    failed and has not led to reduced drug use in Canada.
    After analyzing the recommendation of the Canadian Senate’s 2002 Special Committee on Drugs and the
    examples of strategies used by some European countries, the Green Party of Canada has come to the
    conclusion that it is time to legalize the adult use of marijuana. Furthermore, the Greens believe that drug
    addictions should be treated as a health problem, not as criminal offences.
    Green Party MPs will:
    • Legalize marijuana by removing marijuana from the drug schedule.
    • Create a regulatory framework for the safe production of marijuana by small,
    independent growers.
    • Develop a taxation rate for marijuana similar to that of tobacco.
    • Establish the sale of marijuana to adults for medicinal or personal use through licensed
    distribution outlets.
    • Educate the public about the health threats of marijuana, tobacco and other drug use.
    • Launch a public consultation on the decriminalization of illicit drugs, considering the
    current high costs of the law enforcement effort.
    • Provide increased funding to safe injection sites, treatment facilities and addict
    rehabilitation

    At least,it is to the point,legalization will take place contrary to Justin Trudeau liberal empty promises