Vancouver Island University
By: Walter Cordery, Daily News
Vancouver Island University professor of criminology John Anderson has been advocating for a reasoned approach to our current, "failed" drug policies since 1989.
He started to realize things needed to change as a university student after reading the evidence purporting to support prohibitionist policy and found it suspect.
Before getting a PhD, Anderson, now the vice president of the Canadian Chapter of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, he served as a correctional officer for five years in the maximum-security Vancouver Pretrial Centre. Read more »
By Danielle Bell, Daily News
Nanaimo will host its first Cannabis Convention at Vancouver Island University on Sunday but organizers say it is not a marijuana-smoking festival.
The convention is an educational and networking event with a heavy focus on medical marijuana issues, say organizers, who stress that people will be discouraged from smoking pot on campus.
VIU communications were not immediately available for comment on Tuesday but a spokeswoman said in an e-mail that the convention is a student-led and organized event. Police, who are also aware of the event and are working with VIU security, said they will attend if complaints occur.Read more »