Is it time to make cannabis the official herb of B.C.?

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      Environmental groups working to protect Pacific salmon and their habitat are no doubt pleased to see their favourite fish on its way to becoming an official symbol of B.C. Calls by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and other groups, as well as the NDP, for the establishment of a provincial fish emblem were satisfied today (February 20), when the B.C. Liberal government introduced legislation to make it happen.

      This little bit of good news has me wondering if another effort could use a symbolic boost of its own. In the struggle to end the failure that is marijuana prohibition, the Stop the Violence B.C. coalition has drawn endorsements from high-profile current and former politicians, and the Sensible B.C. campaign is preparing to seek an initiative vote on decriminalization.

      As these and other pot legalization groups go about their work, perhaps there's room for a simultaneous push to establish a provincial symbol based on one of our top exports (which is now legal to possess in Washington state, and has medicinal and textile uses). B.C.'s already got a provincial flower, bird, mammal, gemstone, and tree. But it doesn't have an official "herb". 

      So, should B.C. make cannabis its provincial herb emblem? Feel free to chime in with your thoughts in the comment section.


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      Malcolm Kyle

      Feb 21, 2013 at 4:23am

      There is no debate: Marijuana is absolutely safer than alcohol, tobacco, and all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, while Prohibition, a costly nightmare that enriches both criminals and corrupt politicians, is a threat to us all.

      Adam G

      Feb 21, 2013 at 9:43am

      It should replace the Maple Leaf on the Canadian Flag at this point :)

      Trefor Digby

      Feb 21, 2013 at 9:56am

      I am a huge advocate of the herb itself, but it's not a native plant to our area. For this reason I think it would be a bit silly.


      Jan 22, 2014 at 2:19pm

      I am a disable 63 years old man that lives on a small pension and was able to grow my own pot and now our CANADIAN GOVERNMENT,STEVEN HARPER IS TAKING AWAY my meds and his law is putting me in a situation that the rich people are able to buy, but i cant afford it and, there for i would have to destroy the little bit of last year croup and do without, my pain is chronic, and hard to live with it, i really fill like Mr.Steven Harper is more like is punishing me to be unable to do any thing, i would like to know what else i can do. THANKS TO MR.STEVEN HARPER that he is inflicting pain to me how sad this makes me very unhappy.