Status Quo Has To Go On Marijuana:Nelson Police Chief
Nelson's Chief of Police is weighing in on the marijuana debate.
Wayne Holland says discussion about the proposal to tax and strictly regulate marijuana as a way of combatting organised crime has not been had at the collective BC police level. While he has personal views on the matter he insists it's the job of police department's to follow orders from politicians and lawmakers who make laws on behalf of the majority.
In giving that answer Holland says " ...that's not a cop-out or fence-sitting but we want to do what our leaders decide to do. We will do all we can to assist them in coming to a decision but really the status quo has got to go as far as I'm concerned."
Choosing his words carefully Holland says as a Nelson citizen he's not happy with the way the issue of combatting marijuana has gone and police should follow the wishes of the majority once the debate is done.
He says the Stop The Violence BC campaign's proposal to plough money from the taxation of marijuana into programs to help people and communities affected by its use "is attractive."
Mayor John Dooley has discredited the campaign and argues it would not stop the violence because of the cross border marijuana trade with the United States.
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