Prohibition-Related Murders Up In Vancouver

Though Vancouver’s homicide rate has actually dropped, police are reporting that drug prohibition-related murders have risen by 20 percent.

Despite a bloody gang war, there were actually fewer homicides in the Metro Vancouver area this year than in 2008 — 56 compared to 58.

But Corporal Dale Carr, of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, says the difference is in the type of homicides police investigated.

He says there was a 20 per cent increase in the number of organized-crime and drug-related homicides this year.

Carr says the team has wrapped up 80 per cent of the domestic murders so far, but the solve rate on drug and organized-crime murders is much lower. [CTV News]

Most crime in Canada has been on the decline for years, but the one thing that increases is violence due to our futile drug polices. This should be a huge red flag to the Canadian public and police that drug prohibition does not work.

Legalizing and regulating drugs would immediately end the gang wars by eliminating the black market for illegal substances and give control (just like tobacco, alcohol, and coffee) to legitimate businesspeople and government regulators.

Instead, Canadian police and politicians are looking for a Drug War surge; Bill C-15 will ramp-up the drug war by expanding their definition of ‘the enemy’ to include increasing numbers of ordinary Canadians.

I guess it isn’t that hard to figure out why the police are pushing so hard against all science and common sense indicating prohibition is a failure: declining crime rates and peaceful citizenry are the real threat to crime-fighting institutions.

What happens to those assigned the task of “keeping the peace” if the people keep their own peace?

Jeremiah Vandermeer
Jeremiah Vandermeer

Jeremiah Vandermeer is Cannabis Culture Chief of Operations and Editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine & Pot TV.