Municipal politicians endorse marijuana decriminalization at UBCM convention
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.
The preamble to the successful motion describes marijuana prohibition as a "failed policy which has cost millions of dollars in police, court, jail and social costs".
According to the UBCM resolutions committee's note on the motion to delegates, "BC is responsible for 40% of the marijuana produced in Canada, and 80-95% of marijuana produced in BC is exported illegally into the United States. Based on police information, the marijuana industry in BC is currently operated by criminal gangs who sell or exchange the marijuana produced in BC with criminal gangs in the United States for cocaine and guns."
In fall 2013, a campaign called Sensible B.C. plans to kick off an initiative seeking a referendum on the decriminalization of marijuana in the province