The drumbeat of change rolls on. Now, the mayors of eight British Columbia cities, in a joint letter, liken marijuana enforcement to “alcohol prohibition in the United States in the 1930′s” and say that only organized crime profits from costly anti-pot measures. “Widespread access to marijuana for our youth, grow-ops that provide funds for organized crime, and significant costs to taxpayers for enforcement are all compelling reasons to re-examine our failed approach to prohibition,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, one of those signing the letter.
The mayors’ letter was addressed to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and opposition New Democratic Party leader Adrian Dix. Dix, favored to win the next election, says he favors decriminalization. The Canadian federal government, like its U.S. counterpart, has embarked on what the mayors called “an endless stream of anti-marijuana initiatives.”
“Based on the evidence before us, we know that laws that aim to control the marijuana industry are ineffective and, like alcohol prohibition in the United States in the 1920′s, have led to violent unintended consequences,” the mayors wrote. The mayors said marijuana should be regulated and taxed, a position similar to that of Initiative 502 on Washington’s November ballot. The eight mayors added:
“It is time to tax and strictly regulate marijuana under a public health framework. Regulating marijuana would allow the government to rationally address the health concerns of marijuana, raise government tax revenue and eliminate the huge profits from the marijuana industry that flow directly to crime.”
Assuming, for the sake of discussion, that the goals of the so-called war on drugs were correct, the tactics chosen to reach those goal certainly and surely have failed. It’s time for change. There more here.
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