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Prohibition feeds violence

Re: “Former B.C. A-Gs join push to legalize marijuana,” The Leader, Feb. 14.

This confirms what organizations and advocates of legalization, regulation, and taxation have been saying all along.

But what has B.C. Attorney General Shirley Bond been smoking? The idea that police efforts to combat gang violence are working is an outrageous fabrication. As long as prohibition exists gang violence will persist and, on occasion, the odd bystander will get caught in the crossfire. With the passing of the Safe Streets and Communities Act gang violence will likely escalate as well as the potential for collateral damage.

One would think that when a policy has such far-reaching and obvious consequences the attorney general (of all people) would be required to act accordingly for the common good. Where marijuana prohibition and attorney generals are concerned, this has never been the case. Attorney General Bond is, apparently, no exception.


Wayne Phillips

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