The war on drugs has become too expensive, the wife of imprisoned marijuana activist Marc Emery told a Langley meeting on a proposed new law to limit pot possession arrests.
Jodie Emery was speaking at a Wednesday, March 20 meeting at the Township municipal hall arranged by Sensible BC, a group that is planning a public referendum on a law that would direct police to ease up in cases of possessing marijuana for personal use.
About 50 people turned out for the evening meeting.
Emery noted one study suggests it costs B.C. taxpayers $10.5 million a year to obtain convictions for simple marijuana possession, or about $8,750 per conviction.
“Even if you’ve never seen a joint in your life, you’re paying for it,” she said.
“Imagine the hospital stays that [amount of money]could pay for. How many laptops would that buy for schools?”
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