Letters: Heavy handed

Marijuana pulled from elderly people's garden by RCMP

It was very disappointing to read that no public questions would be fielded at the All Candidates meeting hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.

Seems a little dictatorial by minor power brokers, so I will ask just one of my many questions, hoping others will ask the more obvious questions.

An extremely disgusting action happened recently which should correlate with the community attitude.

Two RCMP officers arrived at an elderly couple’s isolated private homestead to rip out 12 cannabis plants from their private garden.

It was used for both their medical needs and pleasure and one is bed-ridden with a stroke at age 80. This was extremely Draconian behaviour.

This would indicate that the local detachment has too many officers with too much spare time on their hands to stoop so low as to carry out this interference in elderly people’s private affairs.

My question is mainly for the mayoral candidates but I would also like to check the level of archaic thinking on the part of all prospective councillors.

Would you encourage the local police to make marijuana possession their lowest priority, to use their better discretion to pursue real crimes?

Would you fight for the legalization of cannabis in our local community?

Or, do you condone the action of those officers attacking the garden of these elderly members of our community? By the way, they have been here 30+ years.

I don’t want to hear the excuse for not answering this question that it is a federal jurisdiction, or that it is illegal. Times are a changing.

There is constant exchange between RCMP and Sooke council so mayor and council can give direction to the Staff Sergeant as to how we want to treat our local citizens, especially older seniors.

Discretion is necessary when enforcing unpopular, illogical, and frankly stupid laws. Cannabis is a natural plant of the Earth with so many beneficial properties including paper, clothing, herb, and medicine.

It was only made illegal in the U.S. in the 1930’s as a political ploy for Harry J. Anslinger and somehow it got perpetrated onto a gullible and unwitting public.

It is now legal next door, in Washington, and Colorado, and is being discussed federally in Canada for the next election.

After all, it is the behaviour of citizens which should matter the most, not the essence itself.

Did taking the plants from these elderly folks make the community a safer place? Hell no.

So what do you say about condoning this behaviour and what direction would you give to the local police?

If you use any excuse for not answering it means you condone this repulsive behaviour and your thinking is way behind the times, so no vote for you.

Ralph Hull

Sooke

Editor’s note: The public will be able to ask questions at the All Candidates meeting, Nov. 4.

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