Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Kash Heed adds his name to the growing list of support to legalize marijuana

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Kash Heed, the MLA for Vancouver-Fraserview, has joined a legion of B.C. politicians and other policy makers in calling for the legalization of marijuana.

As reported in the Oct. 18 Vancouver Sun, Heed said he believes organized crime activity from the illegal drug trade will be reduced immensely if pot were legalized and taxed.

With more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Heed said he has seen the “devastating consequences” of pot prohibition, according to a press release announcing his decision.

Gang violence fed by marijuana prohibition

“In the early 1990s, I began to fully recognize the futility and the social, economic and public health costs of continuing marijuana prohibition,” Heed said in a prepared statement. “And I came to one inescapable conclusion — cannabis prohibition fuels gang violence in B.C.”

Heed feels there is no way to deal with the drug problem under the current policies.

He believes it’s easier for our youth right now to go out and buy marijuana than it is to purchase alcohol and cigarettes.

Organized crime will continue if weed is kept illegal

Though the movement is gaining popularity, Vancouver-Fraserview residents are split on the MLA’s solution.

“Organized crime will always follow the money,” said Fraserview resident Max Renger. “If we can eliminate pot as a money-making crop, hopefully the gangs will turn elsewhere.”

Growing controversy over the effectiveness of grow-op regulation

But another Fraserview resident, Marissa Denning, said Heed is wrong.

“People are missing the big picture here. Legalizing marijuana in B.C. will not stop the violence,” said.

“Most of these gangs’ demand for pot is coming from the United States. That’s where they are making the big money and competing with one another,” she added.

MLA joins action groups and experts to stop violence surrounding marijuana

Also according to the Sun, Heed announced he’s joining Stop the Violence BC, a coalition of academic, legal, law enforcement and health experts fighting to regulate and tax weed.

Included among the coalition are B.C. mayors, the Health Officers Council of B.C. and former B.C. attorneys general.

Heed’s statements were made after a Union of British Columbia Municipalities resolution was passed last month, calling for the decriminalization of marijuana.

Compiled by Ryan Banagan

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