B.C. Watches Closely as Washington Votes on Marijuana Laws
Voters in Washington State will be heading to the polls next week to vote on an initiative that could legalize the sale of marijuana—a move that many are pushing for in British Columbia.
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If the initiative goes through, Washington State will become the first American jurisdiction to allow farmers to grow marijuana that can then be legally sold to adults 21 years and older. The drug will then be taxed and regulated by the government in an attempt to the curb sales in the black market.
Prominent B.C leaders such as Liberal MLA Kash Heed and former Attorney General Geoff Plant are just some of the high-profile British Columbians who are pushing for a similar initiative in B.C. Both have endorsed the Stop the Violence Campaign, and have maintained that the criminalization of pot fuels gang violence.
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The Union of B.C. Municipalities also passed a resolution last month, calling for the decriminalization of cannabis.
“For a long time, one of the arguments against policy reform in Canada was that Canadians could never try and get ahead of the Americans on this issue without risking the wrath of U.S. law enforcement,” said Plant at the B.C. Liberals’ annual convention in Whistler on Saturday. “It looks like the Americans are step-by-step getting ahead of Canadians on this issue. If there’s a successful vote on that Washington initiative, that’s another step forward. Sooner or later we’re going to be playing catch-up here.”
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