Pot full of tax; tourism too

Re: More Mayors Should Follow Lake Country’s Baker on Pot Issue, May 1 Capital News.

To the editor:

Re: More Mayors Should Follow Lake Country’s Baker on Pot Issue, May 1 Capital News.

Hallelujah! After four former B.C. attorneys-general joined four former Vancouver mayors endorsing an end to marijuana prohibition, eight sitting B.C. mayors have now echoed the clarion call for marijuana reform.

Legalize, regulate and tax the heck out of pot and, presto, gang-related violent crime in our communities and fear among our citizens would disappear.

But wait, that’s not all. The collateral benefit of a “potted” Canada will be of having solved, virtually overnight, Canada’s problem of declining tourism from south of the border and elsewhere.

Just think of the enormous tourism potential of a mass influx of drug-deprived folks descending on the “True north, strong and free and legally drugged,” pouring untold millions of much-needed dollars into our struggling economy with many undoubtedly wishing to stay permanently.

Indeed, that’s the kind of stimulus (pun intended) that would really help us all get through these hard economic times with a buzz.

On a less euphoric note, however, the myths and fallacies of “ending marijuana prohibition” are many. Contrary to the oft-cited 1930s prohibition argument, here are  just two, as outlined by the Canadian Police Association:

Myth 1: Legalization will drive the crime rate down.

Myth 2: Organized crime would be reduced if drugs were legalized.

While the proponents of marijuana legalization may consider the above mere police propaganda, I would nevertheless challenge them to provide us with a view of whatever reality they are coming from.

Perhaps we should temper the revisionist view of pot legalizers who take their history from celluloid prohibition images of 1930s gangster movies.



E.W. Bopp,


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