Letter: Offer to help in pot regulation process still stands

…there are a lot of things that will need to be addressed—issues that must be determined at the provincial and municipal levels.

To the editor:

Over the course of this past year, as an organizer for Sensible BC, I have contacted representatives of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the Central Okanagan Parent’s Advisory Council and—repeatedly—Premier Christy Clark’s office, with the offer to meet and discuss the ramifications of the impending marijuana legalization.

As an organization, Sensible BC has medical professionals, clinical researchers, growers, patients and dispensary representatives who can provide the necessary expertise which allow our communities to transition from prohibition to a legal, regulated industry. Thus far, none of those contacted have shown any interest in discussing this issue.

This strikes me as being very short-sighted. This is, even as it currently exists, a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada. How will it work, when legal? Will there be local jobs? How will it be distributed? What about the taxation rate? Can we grow it, personally? What about medical needs? As you can see, there are a lot of things that will need to be addressed and they are all issues that must be determined at the provincial and municipal levels.

Seems like there’s always been a lot of concern expressed over public safety and health when it comes to cannabis. Now, when it’s really important that we address those concerns, those parties with the greatest stake appear to prefer burying their heads rather than working together in coming up with a viable system.

For the record—the offer stands.

Mark Conlin, organizer, Sensible BC,

West Kelowna

 

Just Posted

Two fires caused by lightning at Big White last night

The fires are currently being contained

Complete list of B.C. Interior wildfire coverage

Up-to-date information on blazes happening the Kamloops Wildfire Centre

Three fires sparked in Peachland overnight

BC Wildfire working on scene

UPDATED: Traffic between Peachland and Summerland now getting through slowly on Highway 97

Motorists may use an alternate route via Highway 97C, Highway 5A and Highway 3

Blasting set to start in West Kelowna’s Tallus Ridge neighbourhood

Blasting being done to prepare for 10th and 11th phases of development

Neighbours jump into action after grass fire ignites 10 feet from Kelowna home

Multiple fire halls responded to a grass fire on the 800 block of Mount Royal Drive.

Hockey trip fraudster receives house arrest

Man duped 16 families with Okanagan Elite Hockey Association out of over $100,000

Four wild fires still burning near Keremeos

One fire was extinguished and another reported after lightning came through area

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

Installers to battle Team B.C.

Exhibition men’s fastball Saturday in Vernon

Grizzly bear jumps in river, chases B.C. kayaker

The bear got a bit too close for comfort along the Elaho River near Squamish

Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

A plan is in place to produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures

B.C. poet shines a bright light on struggle with homelessness

Book launch for John La Greca’s Homeless Memorial is at Vernon’s Gallery Vertigo July 21.

Ontario police say attack on Muslim man was motivated by hate

Two men, aged 27 and 19, have been charged with assault in the incident

Most Read