Letters: Not too late for marijuana reforms

Sensible BC director sees hope for marijuana reform

Rally in Victoria.

Thank you so much to everyone that made it to the rally at the provincial Legislature on February 11. It was so inspiring to see hundreds of our supporters gather from Victoria to Dawson Creek – and everywhere in between – to stand shoulder to shoulder in front of the Legislature.

It was a powerful reminder of the strength of our movement and our ongoing dedication to sensible marijuana policy reform.

Another step backwards.

Tens of thousands of Canadians depend on medical marijuana every day. Yet the upcoming changes to the medical marijuana program will price many patients out of the market for their medicine.

Anyone that can’t afford medical marijuana through the new system will either have to suffer without their medicine or turn to the black market.

Essentially, the Harper government is creating criminals out of otherwise law-abiding citizens and placing many of them at serious risk.

Medical users do not deserve to be criminalized or pushed into the black market because they can’t afford their medicine at “market rates.”

 

More drug law hypocrisy.

The provincial government has decided to move forward with reform to liquor laws. Even though alcohol abuse kills approximately 100,000 Canadians every year, our politicians promote relaxed liquor laws while refusing to stand up for hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who support marijuana reform.

We’re not necessarily against the new liquor regulations, but it is utter hypocrisy to increase access to alcohol while also arresting more and more marijuana users each year. Marijuana is safer than alcohol, so why is the B.C. government driving us to drink?

That’s why we need to keep fighting!

Every action we take brings us one step closer to our goal. It’s never too late. If you haven’t had a chance to get involved yet get started today.

Every action counts.

 

Dana Larsen

Sensible BC

Director