“Four former B.C. attorneys general are joining a coalition of health and justice experts calling for the legalization of marijuana.
Colin Gabelmann, Ujjal Dosanjh, Graeme Bowbrick and Geoff Plant have all signed a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark and B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix, calling on the politicians to endorse legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana.
The former attorneys general say the move would help reduce gang violence associated with the illegal marijuana trade, raise tax revenues and ease the burden on the province’s court system.
“As former B.C. attorneys general, we are fully aware that British Columbia lost its war against the marijuana industry many years ago,” the letter reads.
“The case demonstrating the failure and harms of marijuana prohibition is airtight. The evidence? Massive profits for organized crime, widespread gang violence, easy access to illegal cannabis for our youth, reduced community safety, and significant — and escalating — costs to taxpayers.”
‘Dismayed’ by mandatory minimum sentencing
The letter goes on to say that as attorneys general, the four men were responsible for overseeing the province’s justice system and are well aware of the “burden” imposed on the court system by the enforcement of marijuana prohibition….”