Health Officials Endorse Cannabis Legalization Report

Dec 25, 2011

The Health Offi­cers’ Coun­cil of BC endorsed a report Thurs­day from the Stop the Vio­lence BC coali­tion – an orga­ni­za­tion that includes doc­tors and four for­mer Van­cou­ver may­ors. The report rec­om­mends dump­ing pot pro­hi­bi­tion fol­low­ing the fail­ure of anti-drug laws to curb the sup­ply and use of mar­i­juana while wast­ing mil­lions in tax­pay­ers’ dol­lars. “Most peo­ple would agree the present régime hasn’t been very suc­cess­ful at con­trol­ling use,” said Dr.  John Cars­ley, HOCBC spokesman.  “What we’re rec­om­mend­ing is to look at cannabis and see what sort of reg­u­la­tions will reduce the neg­a­tive health effects to the min­i­mum.” Despite increased gov­ern­ment fund­ing for mar­i­juana pro­hi­bi­tion over the last two decades, the report states B.C.  gang-related homi­cides went from 25 in 1997 to 43 in 2009.  Mean­while, mar­i­juana usage among Ontario high school stu­dents dou­bled between 1991 and 2009, going from 10% to 20%. Cars­ley admits change will not come overnight. “The biggest bar­rier now is the fed­eral government’s con­trol over the crim­i­nal code and their atti­tude towards drugs that are cur­rently ille­gal.” In an email to 24 Hours, the Min­istry of Jus­tice stated the gov­ern­ment has no intents of legal­iz­ing mar­i­juana, but will focus on offer­ing “access to treat­ment for those with drug depen­den­cies” and “get­ting tough on drug deal­ers.” Uni­ver­sity of Fraser Val­ley crim­i­nol­o­gist Yvon Dan­durand said he sup­ports the report’s find­ings and hopes it leads to cre­at­ing more dia­logue about legal­iza­tion. “The cur­rent poli­cies have been a total fail­ure by any yard­stick,” he said.  “There’s more users, there’s more cannabis, there’s more orga­nized crime, there’s more every­thing and it costs us more and it is still is not mak­ing any impact.” Source: Van­cou­ver 24hours (CN BC) Copy­right: 2011 Canoe Inc Con­tact: news@​2​4​hrs.​ca Web­site: http://​van​cou​ver​.24hrs​.ca/ Author: Tyler Orton

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