Editorial: Let common sense prevail

Mayor's tight rein on budget and signing of motion to decriminalize pot

Mayor Wendal Milne appears to be holding firm to his election promise. He is holding a tight rein on finances at the district despite the frequent requests for contributions for events such as film projects and Juno Award bids.

The Economic Development Commission and Mayor Milne decided to forego the contribution of $12,000 for the Juno Award bid. Victoria is going ahead with the bid and other municipalities closer to the city are also contributing. Sooke is too far from the maddening crowd to reap any perceivable benefit.  Good common sense decision.

Other decisions made recently include the signing of a motion to support decriminalization of marijuana. Decriminalization is different than legalization. Laws will still be in place to control consumption of pot and under-age youth will not be legally allowed to partake of the herb. Alcohol causes more pain and anguish than marijuana ever has and a sensible user does not become addicted anymore than a social drinker becomes an alcoholic. There are regulations that need to be in place and education must be a high priority.  Mayor Milne and council have to be commended for taking a common sense approach to a problem. The war on drugs isn’t working — never has. It has been a obsession spawned by the  United States filtered up to Canada. We don’t need our young or old people acquiring criminal records for inhaling.

Tax revenues from marijuana sales could be used to fund our over-burdened health care system. Perhaps if some folks had help with their psychological problems they wouldn’t be turning to misuse of any drug, be it alcohol or marijuana.

Just Posted

Mudslide closes viewing area at Sooke Potholes

Safety concerns have led to the closure

Second co-housing community planned for Sooke

Community described as a ‘new way of living’

Gas pipeline protest planned for Sooke

Local activists join with other protests across Canada

Almost four of 10 Canadians have unlimited internet data at home

Fifty-four per cent say they telecommute at least sometimes

Esquimalt needs urgent health care facility, mayor says

A severe doctor shortage is leaving Esquimalt residents scrambling for health care

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

Burnaby byelection turmoil sparks debate about identity issues in politics

The Liberals still have not said whether they plan to replace Wang, who stepped aside Wednesday

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Most Read