BY BARBARA YAFFE, VANCOUVER SUN
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 Victoria 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 UBCM should go further and form its own task force to research pot regulation and taxation. Read more »
By Auren Ruvinsky - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
“The war on drugs isn’t effective,” said Parksville mayor Chris Burger in light of Vancouver Island municipal politician’s support for decriminalizing marijuana.
“We had quite a debate and a fair majority voted to decriminalize it,” he reported after the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (AVICC) conference April 13 to 15 in Uclulet. Read more »
By Chris Shepherd, Nelson Post
Nelson’s mayor and police board want Health Canada to cancel those licenses to grow medical marijuana and have people get the drug from licensed pharmacies instead.
The Nelson Police Board endorsed a letter sent from two Lower Mainland municipalities – the City of Langley and the Township of Langley – calling for the changes. The matter never went before the Nelson’s city council, says Mayor John Dooley, who also chairs the police board.
Dooley says the police board isn’t against the idea of medical marijuana, just against people growing it in their homes. Read more »