Any Canadian Province Could Decriminalize Marijuana

Did you know that BC can decriminalize marijuana? Indeed, any Canadian province could decriminalize marijuana possession at any time.

Provinces have all kinds of legal options when it comes to dealing with possession of marijuana.

We know what the RCMP’s preferred option is: more arrests and more charges for marijuana possession.

The RCMP have increased marijuana possession charges across Canada by about 30% since Harper came to power. In BC the increase has been the greatest: there was a 211% increase in pot possession charges between 2005 and 2011.

For provincial politicians to simply pass the buck while writing ever larger cheques to the RCMP is simply not acceptable. It’s time for BC to adopt a sensible marijuana policy: the Sensible Policing Act.

Policing is provincial jurisdiction

Many Canadians don’t realize that policing is provincial jurisdiction, and that all police in BC operate under the authority of BC’s Police Act and the provincial Attorney General.

All provinces have the duty and responsibility to instruct and direct all police in their province in terms of priorities and spending. This duty has become more important than ever, as policing costs are skyrocketing across Canada.

– Read the entire article at The Vancouver Sun.

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  1. gutrod on

    Sounds like the RCMP have been busy doing Harper’s dirty work. I would like to think that law enforcement back in Ontario are putting their resources towards more dangerous criminals like gangs and hard drug dealers. Judges should throw out simple m.j. possession charges. It is a complete waste of time and money, our money. Many lives are ruined by a criminal conviction.