Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson Joins Predecessors in Call For Marijuana Legalization

CANNABIS CULTURE – Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has joined the chorus of former city mayors calling for an end to pot prohibition.

“Good to see 4 Vancouver ex-mayors calling for end of cannabis prohibition. I agree, we need to be smart and tax/regulate” Robertson posted to his Twitter account last night.

Robertson was referring to a recent letter from four former Vancouver mayors, Larry Campbell, Mike Harcourt, Sam Sullivan and Philip Owen, asking “all elected leaders in British Columbia to speak out about the ineffectiveness and harms of cannabis prohibition.”

“Marijuana prohibition is – without question – a failed policy,” the letter states. “It is creating violent, gang-related crime in our communities and fear among our citizens, and adding financial costs for all levels of government at a time when we can least afford them. Politicians cannot ignore the status quo any longer; they must develop and deliver alternative marijuana policies that avoid the social and criminal harms that stem directly from cannabis prohibition.”

The letter also voices support for Stop the Violence BC, a group of professionals and experts calling for cannabis law reform.

This is Robertson’s second statement on the issue of marijuana legalization in recent weeks.

A Vancouver Province “Q&A with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson” on November 15 played host to this interaction:

A recent Angus Reid survey commissioned by Stop the Violence found 69 per cent of respondents in favour of taxing and regulating cannabis. With so many adults in favour of legalization do you see Vancouver leading then way in sensible policy by examining the possibility of setting up a legal framework for adult sales of cannabis from licensed and regulated establishments or at the very least adopting an official policy of lowest police priority similar to what Seattle has had for years?

GR: I do support taxing and regulating as a more effective strategy to take the windfall from cannabis away from gangs and put it to use for public services. This is a federal jurisdiction and the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican governments are all grappling with more effective drug policy than the war on drugs, which clearly is not working. Vancouver has had a fairly tolerant approach to cannabis historically, and that continues.

Robertson was originally elected in 2008 and recently re-elected to a second term. Find out more about him at the City of Vancouver website or follow him on Twitter.

Watch coverage of the call by four former mayors from CTV:



  1. star9999 on

    It IS great too see. I was thinking perhaps we should just all support the conservatives and put tonnes of extra money into “pimping out” lots of new prisons, since that’s where they plan on putting most of us, including they mayors.

  2. bre on

    It Is the right thing to do he knows that, anyone else who want to debate that or say its not is simply uneducated.

  3. Anonymous on

    The following interpretation will be tested in time. The egregious crime committed by the chemical barons and those who chose to participate is truly likened to a living holocaust which is the most appropriate description.

    The audience of the communication has at length in time now been exposed to the Lyme plague instrumented by the United States Government and their facilitating agents. The other email sent out on this day by Joseph Mercola clearly demonstrates the aggressive actions by the criminal parties which must be responded to with every action possible.

    The primary reason for this communication was to create an awareness of the methods of omission used by all parties in this great crime against humanity itself. Now if you look closely you will not find the mentioning of powerful antibiotic actions of marijuana nor will you find the mentioning of the Lyme plague (Lyme disease primarily is treated with powerful antibiotics ) which was so disturbing to myself — you the reader are being directed to these specific omitted facts with all the background provided.

    Thus the difficult yet apparent facts of this bio weapon being empowered by marijuana Prohibition comes to light. This is the 2012 moment and we have to prosecute this crime as a collective tribe.

  4. brad dean on

    blah blah blah

    all talk no action, this isnt going to do anything until we convince the creeps in parliament of the same thing

  5. Anonymous on

    I knew the right person got re-elected! Finally some sanity breaks through … not that Harper’s grey men will be affected but it’s a start.

  6. Rob on

    Nice to see a politician in power adding his support, hopefully more will follow.

  7. George on

    It would be nice to see other mayors from across Canada get on board with this .

  8. Anonymous on

    It’s very nice to hear that someone in a position of power is speaking up. Usually it’s only after their careers are over are they willing to make a stand for whats right. I commend him for speaking the truth.