The B.C. Marijuana Party fielded a full slate of 79 candidates in the 2001 B.C. provincial election and 45 candidates in the 2005 provincial election to advocate the normalization (legalization) and regulated sale and production of marijuana and its derivatives.
In 2009 we endorsed the B.C. Green Party, still the only mainstream party to have legalization of cannabis as official party policy. In this election, the BCMP will be running two candidates, enough to maintain the official party registration with Elections B.C., but in this election I regard the B.C. Green Party as the party to support if you wish to end prohibition at the provincial level.
My wife, Jodie Emery, Canada’s most prominent spokesperson for ending marijuana prohibition, is running as the B.C. Green Party candidate in Vancouver-West End.
As leader of the B.C. Marijuana Party, I endorse the Sensible B.C. marijuana decriminalization campaign by Dana Larsen to gather 400,000 signatures this autumn to put a referendum before the voters of British Columbia to end all arrests and public expenditures on marijuana possession offenses. The Sensible Policing Act is essentially a voter initiative to decriminalize marijuana. Annually in B.C., over 3,800 people are charged with marijuana possession and 1,200 convicted, and there are over 16,000 police encounters. You should lobby the candidates in your riding this election as to where they stand in regards the proposed Sensible Policing Act initiative.
Both the B.C. Liberals and the B.C. NDP are completely useless in expressing the will of the people of B.C. regarding marijuana prohibition. Virtually 70 percent of British Columbians would prefer a taxed and regulated regime of marijuana distribution compared to the prohibition we have in B.C. today. The B.C. NDP and B.C. Liberals both have MLAs in the legislature who do believe marijuana should be legal, but virtually all remain silent about the issue, or they have chosen to speak out only after deciding not to run for office in this election.
As its leader is incarcerated in a U.S. federal prison specifically for advocating and paying for the legalization of marijuana (see statement by DEA chief Karen Tandy), the BCMP is only running two candidates to maintain our party registration. However, should no progress be made in British Columbia between now and the next B.C. election in May 2017, we will certainly run a full slate once again. I will be released from the U.S. penal system and returned to Canada no later than July 2014.
Any B.C. government wanting to express the will of the citizens of B.C. should unilaterally legalize marijuana under the health portfolio of the B.C. Ministry of Health. A B.C. government should rescind its contract with the RCMP as an official provincial policing agency. An ombudsman with cabinet-level authority needs to be appointed to monitor the actions of police and prisons in B.C. B.C. has notoriously derelict policing and prison accountability. Typically the attorney general’s office and solicitor general’s office act as apologists for the law and police, respectively, and are shills for the existing law and police establishment, not the citizens.
Believe me, I can’t wait to return to my beloved province of British Columbia to kick establishment ass once again. B.C. is still paralyzed by the usual establishment inertia, corruption, power-mongering, and authoritarianism that bedevils so much of Canada’s governments, while our politicians exhibit the usual acute cowardice in any regard to reforming the rotten system.