Terrace Councillor Bruce Bidgood revealed today he voted in favour of a motion, put forward at the Union of BC Municipalities convention, to decriminalized pot. His vote was on the side of the majority of Mayors and Councillors from BC who approved this motion.From the Straight.com
Delegates at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities' 2012 convention in Victoria have passed a resolution calling for the decriminalization of marijuana.
The resolution, put forward by the District of Metchosin and approved by a majority of the municipal politicians in attendance today (September 26), also urges the "appropriate government" to study the regulation and taxation of weed. From TheTyee.ca
"I'm not advocating marijuana use for everyone," said Metchosin councillor Moralea Milne introducing the motion. "A walk in the woods is a much better Personally I prefer a martini, and I'm allowed to." However, she said, keeping marijuana illegal causes more problems than it solves.
Other representatives argued that keeping marijuana illegal is a missed opportunity to raise tax revenue and that too much is spent on policing related to it.
Tom Siddon, a regional director in the Okanagan-Similkameen and former federal cabinet minister, said we've "fried enough brains" and a better solution is to police it better.
Henry Braun, an Abbotsford councillor said that decriminalizing marijuana won't end the involvement of gangs in its production and export, particularly considering the size of the United States market where it is likely to remain illegal.
Al Siebring, a North Cowichan councillor and the new president of the BC Conservative Party, argued that if criminalizing marijuana is a "failed policy" as the motion says, then the UBCM should be looking at getting rid of the criminal code too, since many people still get murdered despite its existence. "Think it through," he said.From the Huffington Post
British Columbia's municipal politicians, sensing shifting emotional attitudes towards marijuana and a possible major new revenue source, voted Wednesday to lobby Ottawa to decriminalize pot and study the benefits of taxing and regulating cannabis.
The mayors and councillors from across the province clapped and cheered after voting to support marijuana decriminalization during a stirring debate in a crowded hall at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention.
The vote sends a strong message to provincial and federal politicians that British Columbians believe current marijuana prohibition laws are not working and they want change, said Dr. Evan Wood, a noted HIV/AIDS expert who is spearheading a coalition of prominent B.C. health, legal and political officials calling for marijuana decriminalization.
"If I was a politician in this day and age, it would be with great reluctance that I wouldn't take a position of leadership on this and be willing to advance this cause, because at the end of the day, what we're really talking about is trying to improve public health and safety," said Wood in an interview.
Not so sure.