Green Party of B.C. would legalize and tax marijuana

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Because it’s election season, the Green Party of B.C. will feel a lot of good vibes at this year’s 420 marijuana smoke-out in Vancouver.

Among the four major political parties, the Greens are the only ones committed to an end to the prohibition of psychoactive substances including cannabis.

It’s a fact that event organizer and Vancouver–West End Green candidate Jodie Emery will highlight when she takes the stage outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Saturday (April 20).

“The B.C. Green party has a position on ending prohibition, and the other parties have no position provincially on the issue at all,” Emery told the Straight in a phone interview.

The Green Book 2013 states that the party agrees with the many British Columbians who “recognize that substance use is a public health concern, not a criminal matter”.

“We support an end to the prohibition of illegal substances, especially cannabis, as well as the regulation and control of their production, manufacture, distribution, and sale,” the policy document says. “Greens would control and tax these substances as we do tobacco and alcohol.”

The Greens adopted the same party policy for the 2009 provincial election.

If the weather is nice, Emery expects a turnout bigger than last year’s estimated attendance of 20,000 pot enthusiasts.

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EG

Apr 17, 2013 at 5:34pm

Good idea, but I think you'd also need to win the federal election because Harper needs to fill his new prisons.

RUK

Apr 17, 2013 at 6:34pm

This headline is inaccurate unless we mean the Federal green party, since controlled substances are a Federal responsibility.

Alex T

Apr 17, 2013 at 9:15pm

It will take the federal government to fully legalize drug possession, but the province has options. BC has the power to direct the police to not enforce some laws. This is how the Insite safe injection site operated and it is how the Sensible BC will decriminalize possession if it is able to win a provincial referendum.

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