Pot Prohibition Serves Only Crooks and Pushers

Taxpayers must be wondering how long the list of proponents will have to grow before Ottawa moves to decriminalize pot use.

Last week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities became the latest group to recognize the futility of Canada’s existing marijuana laws, with mayors voting at their convention to lobby Ottawa on the subject.

Specifically, their resolution called on governments to “decriminalize marijuana, and research the regulation and taxation of marijuana.”

The voters were mayors and councillors: politicians at the level of government closest to the community, folks who understand how much time and money is being wasted on a useless pursuit.

The Union of B.C. Municipalities should go further and form its own task force to research pot regulation and taxation. The municipal plea follows a similar one last February when four former B.C. attorneys-general — Geoff Plant, Ujjal Dosanjh, Graeme Bowbrick and Colin Gabelmann — called for the legalization of pot.

It’s only a matter of time; at some point a less ideological, more pragmatic political crowd in Ottawa surely will move to adjust Criminal Code provisions pertaining to marijuana, opting for control, taxation and regulation rather than prohibition.

Federal New Democrats support decriminalization and Liberals voted in favour at their biennial convention last winter.

– Read the entire article at The Calgary Herald.