The Canadian Bar Association, with 37,000 members, has given its 2013 Stephen Hanson print award to Paul Webster. The award is for excellence in legal reporting.
The winning article, entitled “The War on the War on Drugs,” featured Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and Stop The Violence BC.
Thank you to long-time LEAP volunteer Steve Finlay, as well as Dr. Evan Wood and his amazing team, for their collective efforts in support of this article. Finally, congratulations to journalist Paul Webster, who pursued this important story with determination and integrity.
Dr. Evan Wood and I have an opinion essay in the Seattle Times about Initiative 502. Here is an excerpt:
“In the face of corruption, violence and widespread disrespect for the law, British Columbia voted to repeal alcohol prohibition in 1920. This set an example for Washington state, which followed suit in 1932. With respect to the harms of anti-cannabis laws, Washington state voters could set an example for Canada, while also ending a system where demand for cannabis directly contributes to organized crime and gang violence.”
A big “thank you” to the staff and elected officials at UBCM for giving me the opportunity to speak to delegates about their resolution in support of marijuana decriminalization. Pat Slack, Daryl Plecas and Dave Williams spoke agains the motion, while Evan Wood, Geoff Plant and I spoke in favour. It was a positive, respectful debate and the audience members had great questions.
Tonight is the Sensible BC panel. Resolution A5 will be considered by delegates on Wednesday morning.
I’m participating in a panel at Alix Goolden Hall on the evening of Monday, September 24th. This event is part of the Sensible BC referendum campaign to decriminalize the personal possession of marijuana in 2014.
Other speakers include Dr. Evan Wood, Mayor John Ranns, lawyer Kirk Tousaw, MLA Nicholas Simons and moderator Philippe Lucas. I will be there off-duty expressing my personal views.
Everyone is welcome to attend. The event is free, but registration through EventBrite is required.