0ur take: It’s time for B.C. residents to stop demonizing pot

Marijuana legalization: benefits outweigh the costs so we hope Larsen's bid is successful

Former NDP leadership candidate Dana Larsen appears to have a thoughtful, well-considered plan to force the powers-that-be to reconsider their stance on marijuana.

It is matched by his rationale as to why this potential policy shift is a good idea.

Let’s hope these two simple facts can coincide in such a way that we can finally get one of our country’s more ridiculous laws off the books.

Legal marijuana is not a panacea for all that ails our society. It is not going to cure cancer, halt global warming or make us all just get along.

But making it legal is not going to cause life in the valley to come to a screeching — or better make that shambling — halt either.

In fact, legalized pot will probably have very little impact on life in the valley at all — unless of course you talk about the money pulled out of the underground economy and injected into the legitimate economy, the tax revenue generated to fund local public services, the police and court resources freed to target things that really threaten public safety and the emancipation of ordinary people made criminals by a simple desire to make their heads feel funny.

There is nothing particularly amazing, nor threatening about pot. It is a weed that some people smoke because they like the way it makes them feel. It can make you say and do stupid things. And if you imbibe too frequently it can lead to health and/or personal problems.

In many ways, it is reminiscent of french fries or automobiles.

Why we invest so much time and money in an ineffectual effort to stamp out its use is beyond ridiculous.

We’ve got more important fish to fry. Let’s stop denying society’s unhealthy desire for this plant. Let’s stop fighting it and let’s start using it. The benefits of that policy clearly outweigh the costs.

Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Just Posted

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

ELECTION 2019: Here are the results from our 12 B.C. races to watch

Incumbents mostly won our 12 key races, but there were a few upsets too

Village of Cumberland hires interim CAO

Tanaleee Hesse had worked for Village of Hazelton

Cumberland council asks for more info on Beacon Project

Some in community concerned about parking, other child care services, neighbourhood look

In the news: Liberals eke out a win, but will need NDP, Green support to pass bills

Conservatives say they are ready if Trudeau should falter

Federal election saw 66% of registers voters hit the polls across Canada

Roughly 18 million people cast their ballots, voting in a Liberal minority government

Alleged RCMP secret leaker must stay with B.C. parents while on bail

Cameron Ortis, 47, is charged with violating the Security of Information Act

‘Inconsistent’ message on climate change hurt Liberals at the polls: SFU prof

Trudeau government will have to make concessions to hold onto power

Opposition to Trans Mountain won’t change, B.C. minister says

Pipeline projects proceed under minority Trudeau government

Remains found under Kamloops street belong to woman who lived five centuries ago

Woman was between ages of 50 and 59, gave birth at least once, was right-handed

Greta Thunberg to attend post-election climate strike in Vancouver

Sustainabiliteens Vancouver strike expected to emphasize need for cross-party collaboration

Security guard bitten, punched by patient at Terrace hospital

Violent incident is one of many in northwest B.C., nurses’ union says

VIDEO: Final trailer for ‘Rise of Skywalker’ debuts

Last instalment in Skywalker saga to hit theatres Dec. 20

Most Read