Prohibition has failed; legalisation is the least bad solution
Canadians strongly support tougher sentencing to deal with an apparent surge in gangs, a new Angus Reid Strategies poll says. But half of Canadians also back the legalization of marijuana, the drug which fuels most organized crime activity, especially in B.C.
Premier Gordon Campbell has packed away his Dirty Harry rhetoric, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's police photo ops are over, the cabinet boys are back from their whirlwind tour of Ottawa and the gang violence continues unabated. What did you expect? Nothing announced by the federal government last week will have an impact on the current urban gang problem. Sorry. But true.
The Conservative Party of Canada has proposed draconian new drug legislation that includes mandatory prison sentences for non-violent offenders.
Gangsters murdering each other in public. Innocent bystanders gunned down. The police demanding more power and money. The government responding with tougher laws. Yes, it's 1997 all over again.
A new bill could make make marijuana California's newest cash crop.
In a little-noticed remark Wednesday, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder said that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries established under state laws but technically prohibited by the federal government.
If California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has his way, the Golden State might become known as the Green State to pot smokers around the country. During a press conference Monday morning in San Francisco, Ammiano introduced "The Marijuana Control, regulation and education act." The far-reaching bill would go well beyond decriminalization of marijuana to actually legalize the cultivation, sale, purchase and possession of the plant.
Students, faculty, media, politicians, activists and interested public across Canada are joining Marc-Boris St-Maurice, Executive Director of NORML Canada as he embarks on a national fact-finding tour to introduce "The National Resolution for the Legalization of Marijuana".
Election Day 2008 marked the end of an error. For the cannabis community, change couldn’t come soon enough