B.C. Municipal Leaders Vote to Decriminalize Marijuana

B.C. municipal leaders voted Wednesday for a resolution that calls for the decriminalization of marijuana.

Some experts say a prohibition on pot is a failed policy that has cost millions of dollars in police, court, jail and social costs.

But a leading criminologist and two police officers — from Canada and the U.S. — argue lifting the prohibition will have little effect on reducing organized crime or the black market in marijuana.

Sgt. Dave Williams, an RCMP drug enforcement officer, noted B.C. pot is a highly sought-after “commodity,” especially across the U.S., where it is exported and traded for guns, or more potent drugs like cocaine, which are then brought to Canada.

The problem is so prolific, he said, that police officers, cannot take care of every marijuana growing complaint in B.C.

“We have the largest customer in North America directly across the line and that demand is going to keep the supply at a very high level,” Williams told delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention Monday.

The issue, raised at the UBCM by the community of Metchosin, calls for the “appropriate government to decriminalize marijuana and research the regulation and taxation of marijuana.”

Read the rest at The Vancouver Sun.