Vancouver Protestors Tell Harper To Stop The Gang Violence By Ending The Drug War

Protestors demanding an end to drug prohibition caused an uproar outside Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s roundtable discussion on gang violence in downtown Vancouver yesterday.

Over fifty vocal critics gathered to call for an end to the drug war, which they see as the real cause of the gang violence, and to protest the Prime Minister’s proposed anti-drug legislation that includes mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes.

The activists, including Green Party candidate Jodie Emery and her husband, BC Marijuana Party President Marc Emery (both editors of Cannabis Culture Magazine), held placards reading “Prohibition Funds Organized Crime” and “No Prison For Pot” and shouted loudly at the Library Square building where Harper met with law enforcement officials.

The protest was covered by several television stations and newspapers, including the CBC, Global, CTV and The Province.

[Editor’s Note: Many thanks to everyone who came down; the protest was a huge success! Sign up on Cannabis Culture’s Facebook page to receive updates about coming events.]

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Law enforcement circled the building, some with sniper rifles.