http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/n...7-4cecdfcb4321Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s chief provincial medical health officer, has joined four former Vancouver mayors and four former B.C. attorneys-general in calling for an end to the criminalization of marijuana.
Kendall and Nova Scotia chief medical health officer Dr. Robert Strang issued a statement today calling on the federal government to enact a health-based strategy towards cannabis. Ottawa should also evaluate taxation and regulation strategies instead of continuing an "ineffective" drug law enforcement approach, they said.
"The fact cannabis is illegal doesn't diminish access rates. The so-called war on drugs has not achieved its stated objective of reducing rates of drug use. It's universally available in B.C. and the supply is controlled largely by criminal enterprise," Kendall told The Sun.
"It should be regulated just like alcohol and tobacco. It [cannabis] is less addictive than either of those."
"Advocating for drug policy reform has traditionally been politically unpopular, but a recent Angus Reid poll estimated that 50 per cent of Canadians already support legalization of cannabis," the paper states.
The authors note that nearly 94 per cent of the estimated $426 million spent on Canada's drug strategy in 2001 went to law enforcement.
Come on, America's hat. Do it!
Anyway, the feds are pushing through the omnibus crime bill, im not sure if it entails legalizing marijuana, but it does bring mandatory minimums for offences (which BTW is an absolutely fvcking brilliant idea ), and specifically mentions a crackdown on marijuana growers and trafficers.
He's out to lunch
I am down with legalizing Mary Jane. I don't use it, but if they tax it and follow California's example why not. Better the states get the money other than the cartels and it's not going away.
California's example is retarded. Under the guise of "medical use" a group of high school kids can more easily buy it for their friday nights. I've got 3 disensaries in my complex and most of their sales are cash and go unreported. Plus the majority of their product comes from illegal sources (mexico) as its less expensive. (their words not mine)
But finding weed was never particularly hard anyway, even in the days before prop 215, generally far easier than beer.
All in all, Cali's medical program hasn't affected usage in teens or adults, it pretty much stayed the same. An interesting side effect is that nobody I know has any 'real' drug hookups anymore - every time anyone needed mushrooms, etc the thing to do was to ask your weed guy. Now that's gone.