B.C. moves to Decriminalize Marijuana!

Source: vancouversun.com

B.C. mayors vote to decriminalize pot: That was the easy part

Experts, police at odds about effect lifting drug laws will have on reducing organized crime

BY KELLY SINOSKI, VANCOUVER SUN SEPTEMBER 27, 2012

B.C. municipal leaders voted Wednesday for a resolution that calls for the decriminalization of marijuana, but they’re facing a major hurdle: convincing Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government to change the law.

Harper has said previously he’s not interested. But former B.C. attorney-general Geoff Plant urged delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities earlier this week to join a “growing chorus of voices” across Canada to show the prime minister that across the country, “people are calling for change.”

While pot decriminalization falls under the purview of the federal government, he said, B.C. municipalities “all govern and live with this disastrous failure of public policy.”

The resolution, put forward by Metchosin District Coun. Moralea Milne, calls for the UBCM to lobby the “appropriate government to decriminalize marijuana and research the regulation and taxation of marijuana.”

It would apply to simple possession of cannabis.

The vote followed a lengthy debate earlier this week in which some experts, including Plant, argued the prohibition on pot is a failed policy that has cost millions of dollars in police, court, jail and social costs.

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#OccupyVancouver – Occupy Vancouver – October 15th 2011

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Greetings Citizens of Vancouver,

As we watch the peaceful protest in New York City, “Occupy Wall Street”, explode with massive amounts of people, and groups forming similar “Occupy” protests around the world, we must realize that it is time for us to stand up with them.

On October 15th we will stand peacefully with others from around the world to demand a true democracy.

It is time to come together and educate each other. We will stand in solidarity with these other movements and we will create a platform for people to speak and provide an audience that will listen.

Let them gawk, let them ask questions, let them wake up.

We realize that our social, economic, and political structures are broken.
This is more than just a protest “against” something. It is about coming together as people, acknowledging things are broken, and working together to fix them.

The time is now. (October 15) 🙂
The place is the Art Gallery (a good “home” next to the financial district).
http://on.fb.me/whyVAG

This general occupation of public space is an ongoing event. Bring Tent.
All organizations should come prepared with booths/speakers/performers/etc.
We will be out there for as long as it takes and we all need to work together to make this work.

See you all there. 🙂

-WitPVancouver
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