MP Cullen favours easing pot laws

He also favoured increasing access to marijuana for medicinal use.

  • Feb. 14, 2012 12:00 p.m.

SKEENA BULKLEY VALLEY NDP MP Nathan Cullen continues his campaign to be leader of his party by saying marijuana should be decriminalized.

“Prohibition clearly has not achieved its goals and it’s time our laws stopped criminalizing people whom society does not see as criminals,” said Cullen in response to a questionnaire from NDP members who want marijuana to be legalized.

He also favoured increasing access to marijuana for medicinal use.

Cullen also backed InSite, a supervised drug injection site in Vancouver, saying it reduces crime, saves lives and reduces drug dependence.

“Society benefits from the approach used in Vancouver, which focuses on harm reduction. We don’t benefit from the expensive approach to crime shown by the Harper government, which has demonstrably failed where embraced in the United States,” Cullen said in response to a questionnaire from a group of NDP members called End Prohibition: NDP Against the Drug War.

“I would be very supportive of harm reduction programs like InSite, and reducing the police and court resources used to prosecute marijuana possession. However, I believe enforcement has a role, particularly at the border,” Cullen continued.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has failed to close the InSite location after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled its benefits outweighed banning the possession of illegal drugs on its premises.

Cullen is one of eight people running for the leadership of the federal NDP, a post which became open following the death of Jack Layton late last summer.

Three of the candidates who responded called for taxation and regulation of marijuana.

End Prohibition was begun by Dana Larsen who also had a hand in forming federal and provincial Marijuana Parties. He was also a candidate for the provincial NDP leadership last year.


“Simply put, Canadians do not want to increase penalties for marijuana, they do not want to continue to waste money jailing people for a handful of marijuana plants for personal use, and they want to see alternatives to this costly and unjustified war Mr. Harper is waging on marijuana and harm reduction,” said Larsen in a press release.





Just Posted

Terrace RCMP arrest Kitimat man for drug trafficking

A police investigation has led to the arrest of a Kitimat man… Continue reading

Terrace Fire Department announces new training program, increased calls in year-end report

All firefighters in Terrace are expected to complete training by the end of April 2018.

UPDATE: Prince Rupert woman killed in logging truck collision

Empty logging truck west of Terrace struck moose before colliding with the eastbound SUV

David Edwardsen sentenced to eight years in jail

Sentencing result of 14 drug and firearms convictions

Taking a virtual walk across Canada

The Kermode Friendship Society challenged their staff to participate in this year’s competition, which aims to promote physical activity, networking, and friendly competition.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. man brings dog to court as ‘best witness’

Man is defending himself on charges of uttering threats, possessing weapon for dangerous purposes

Vancouver artist’s cartoon of Florida school shooting resonates

Cartoon shows football coach, one of the victims, meeting others killed in school shootings

Trudeau family arrives in India for state visit

Seven-day visit includes meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Military seeks DNA experts to help ID missing war dead

Federal program recovers, identifies and arranges burials for Canada’s nearly 28,000 missing war dead

B.C. files new legal action against TransMountain pipeline

Province tries to uphold City of Burnaby bylaws, provoking Alberta

BCHL Today: Powell River stuns Vernon and BCHL grads lead Team Canada

BCHL Today is a (near) daily look at what’s going on around the league and the junior A world.

Reports of money laundering in B.C. real estate ‘troubling’: attorney general

News report alleges people connected to fentanyl trade are using B.C. real estate to launder money

Most Read