Category: Cannabis

PRESS RELEASE: BC Libertarian Party Storms 420 Vancouver, Calls for Total Overhaul of Broken Cannabis Laws

VANCOUVER, BC: The British Columbia Libertarian Party welcomes the public to meet and greet with its leadership and candidates during this year’s Vancouver 420 Cannabis Protest at Sunset Beach on April 20th, 2019. This year, the Vancouver 420 organizers have granted the BC Libertarian Party a great corner Booth in Spot #191 for the entire duration of the event. (Refer to: https://420vancouver.com/book)

We believe the BC NDP have completely fumbled the important multi-billion dollar cannabis file to ruinous results, and innocent Canadians continue to get caught in the cross-fire. Furthermore, federal regulations have resulted in cannabis price increases of more than 17% across the country.

If the government’s goals was curtail the black market and squeeze out organized crime, it’s failing badly. So far, it has mainly been government insiders, former police chiefs and major liberal donors who have earned a share in the new government-run industry, while the entrepreneurs and activists who built the original dispensaries and compassion clubs have been shunned and left behind.

One of the first orders of business for the Libertarians in Victoria would be to stop police from arresting people for Cannabis distribution, possession and consumption. We would then work with municipalities to set up legal a framework to allow the Craft industry to “come out of the closet” and flourish in a free market.” – Keith Komar, 2017 Libertarian Party candidate, East Kootenays.

Today, we’re launching a campaign called #FreeMyBud to call attention to the failures of the government’s heavy-handed approach to cannabis legalization. For more info visit: https://libertarian.bc.ca/freemybud

A BC Libertarian government would maintain a light-touch in implementing the legal market. We would apply only the Provincial Sales Tax on cannabis (no sin tax!) and would adopt the minimum federal regulations (barring sales and marketing to minors) without adding to them. This will place cannabis in a similar situation as beer and wine in BC.

The current provincial retail regulations are too onerous, and don’t allow communities enough flexibility in how they deal with dispensaries and other cannabis retailers. A BC Libertarian government would scrap these regulations and allow municipalities to use existing authority to regulate the sale, use, and distribution of cannabis in local communities as they see fit.

For more on our cannabis policy visit: libertarian.bc.ca/issue/cannabis/

The BC Libertarian Party has a strong and far-reaching political platform covering many important issues in British Columbia, including proper cannabis reform. This platform is based entirely on individual freedom, personal responsibility, and a greater number of options for British Columbians across many sectors of public and private life. For details visit: libertarian.bc.ca/issues.

Whether it’s fixing the broken cannabis regulations, abolishing the ICBC dumpster fire, or simplifying and reducing taxes, the BC Libertarian Party has something to offer every citizen across this beautiful province who wants a more free and more affordable life for their families and their communities.

Come speak to the Party leadership and star candidates of the only registered provincial Party that dares to show up to this controversial event at Booth #191.

We want to hear your voices.

CONTACT:
Kyle McCormack – Board Member, 420 Organizer
236-881-7045 For Phone/Radio Interviews

Don Wilson – Party Leader
Email: leader@libertarian.bc.ca

British Columbia Libertarian Party703-1180 Falcon Dr., Coquitlam, BC, V3E 2K7

https://libertarian.bc.ca/freemybud/

Press Release: Pot Legalization to Increase Conflict and Prices

VANCOUVER – The government’s legalization framework creates new conflicts over cannabis production and distribution, will lead to higher prices for consumers, and won’t eliminate the black market. The licensed producer model being implemented by the federal government favours large politically connected producers in central Canada and will hurt smaller BC craft producers. The proposed level of taxes and regulations ensures that legal cannabis will be more expensive than current prices, meaning most existing cannabis users will choose to stay with their current providers. However, it is unclear what the government’s approach will be to producers and distributors who do not become licensed but continue to grow and sell cannabis.

Conflicts will arise regarding enforcement as unlicensed producers and distributors take market share away from licensed one. As investors have rushed into cannabis stocks, boosting the price of shares in Canopy Growth, Aurora Cannabis, and other large growers, these investors will expect the government to protect this investment by enforcing the new the rules. The BC government will also have skin in the enforcement the game, as they plan to use a monopoly distributor model similar to that used for alcohol, which is a major contributor to public coffers.

As the crackdowns on stores and bars selling imported liquor not purchased through the Liquor Distribution Branch have shown, the NDP-Green government does not shy away from using heavy-handed tactics to protect its revenue streams. A similar approach to cannabis enforcement could mean that the relative peacefulness BC has seen in this area over the past couple decades is disrupted.

The BC Libertarian Party has issued a Cannabis Policy that opposes the government’s approach to legalization in favour of one that simply authorizes the free market to operate while banning sales to minors. The Party will be participating in the 420 Vancouver event this Friday at Sunset Beach to celebrate this major step towards the end of drug prohibition, while raising awareness of the potential pitfalls of the current legalization model. Party Leader Clayton Welwood and candidate in the recent Kelowna-West by-election Kyle Geronazzo will be staffing the Party table at the event and will be available for comment.

Quotes:

“We don’t want a repeat of the over-regulation and price gouging we already have with alcohol in this province. Instead, let’s have a legal cannabis industry built on free market principles, that allows small businesses to compete on a level playing field with big ones.”

  — Clayton Welwood, BC Libertarian Party Leader

Background:

Since 1986, the BC Libertarian Party been advocating for the rights of British Columbians to use cannabis without fear of government reprisal.  We have stood against all forms of prohibition, and have even run candidates for the BC Marijuana Party during its heyday. While we are pleased to see that as of July 1st, citizens will no longer be jailed just for possessing a plant, we feel that the overall approach to legalization taken by the federal and provincial governments is a missed opportunity. We propose a more liberal approach for the implementation of cannabis legalization in BC, as detailed in the attached Policy.

Policy Highlights:

  • Avoid adding to federal regulations and rules.

  • Allow decentralized distribution to continue, keep regulations as simple as possible.

  • Apply no new marijuana taxes; provincial sales tax only.

  • Allow communities to make relevant regulations surrounding marijuana businesses.

Contact:

Clayton Welwood, Party Leader

mobile: 778-877-8832

Email: leader@libertarian.bc.ca

British Columbia Libertarian Party

703-1180 Falcon Dr., Coquitlam, BC, V3E 2K7

www.libertarian.bc.ca