BC Mayors want marijuana to be taxed
It's time for a change.
That statement from Lake Country Mayor James Baker who has thrown his support behind regulating and taxing marijuana.
It's all part of the Stop Violence BC Campaign where a total of eight BC mayors have voted to urge political leaders to support the movement.
Baker believes trying this route will better protect communities and reduce gang activity in the illegal marijuana trade.
"It's public safety and public health that is a big issue with municipalities. We're the ones that have to deal with it on the ground and enforcement isn't inexpensive. Prevention would be a whole lot better and or regulation of it."
Bakers says he's seen the positive impact of regulating cannabis in other countries.
"Drug addiction has decreased in those countries and they're not spending huge dollars on enforcement, they're regulating it and taxing it as a product to get some revenue instead of so much expenditures."
Letters asking for support have been addressed to Premier Christy Clark, Opposition leader Adrian Dix, and BC Conservative Party leader John Cummins.
Wendy McLeod - Kelowna