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P.S.A.'S · 27th September 2012
Terrace Daily News
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

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.


"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.
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 28th September 2012
This "industry" is worth billions and it all goes to the criminal element. We spend hundreds of millions in Canada enforcing a law which is ignored by a quarter or the population. All that money could go to providing social services (health, education) instead.

I'm not sure how it all would play out but lets say it was like liquor laws. You can make your own wine, and lots of people do, but you can't sell it commercially. You can't own a still so you can't make moonshine. Grow ops would not occur with the same regularity because first, the price would go way down and it wouldn't be worth it to the criminals. Second, the production would be regulated just as breweries are now. Criminals would still be into the hard drug peddling. Take the huge profits out of the " industry" apply taxes and you would remove the criminal element and also the risk of buying from an unknown person on the street.

Maybe people would grow pot in their greenhouses, maybe some would smoke too much, maybe people would would use the stuff who should not and maybe some would still try to circumvent the law as they do now with tobacco and other products but all these things happen now. After while people would decide that the incentives given the risk would be gone.

To be clear I have never smoked or inhaled the stuff (I remember the 60's) but the world is changing and we are fools to think that the war on marijuana has been anything but a colossal failure and a very costly one. It has also financed criminal activity for decades.

I am pleased that the UBCM seems to be a more progressive lot than back in the early 80's. There are still a few stodgy folks around there but they seem to be a minority. That bodes well for the future
No, gets my Vote
Comment by B Grant on 28th September 2012
As good as it may sound decriminalization, will increase numerous Problems, one would be Increase medical problems, more Health costs to our Doctors,Hospitals, Lung Cancers etc...Costs to our health care, will sky rocket, no matter what Economical benifits may arise . More Increased Users, younger ages will think its ok to light up...No Good at all! Increased grow ops will pop up every where, and will cost tax payers more headaches to the court system, and Legal aid...I SAY NO!