Letter: Offer to help in pot regulation process still stands

…there are a lot of things that will need to be addressed—issues that must be determined at the provincial and municipal levels.

To the editor:

Over the course of this past year, as an organizer for Sensible BC, I have contacted representatives of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, the Central Okanagan Parent’s Advisory Council and—repeatedly—Premier Christy Clark’s office, with the offer to meet and discuss the ramifications of the impending marijuana legalization.

As an organization, Sensible BC has medical professionals, clinical researchers, growers, patients and dispensary representatives who can provide the necessary expertise which allow our communities to transition from prohibition to a legal, regulated industry. Thus far, none of those contacted have shown any interest in discussing this issue.

This strikes me as being very short-sighted. This is, even as it currently exists, a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada. How will it work, when legal? Will there be local jobs? How will it be distributed? What about the taxation rate? Can we grow it, personally? What about medical needs? As you can see, there are a lot of things that will need to be addressed and they are all issues that must be determined at the provincial and municipal levels.

Seems like there’s always been a lot of concern expressed over public safety and health when it comes to cannabis. Now, when it’s really important that we address those concerns, those parties with the greatest stake appear to prefer burying their heads rather than working together in coming up with a viable system.

For the record—the offer stands.

Mark Conlin, organizer, Sensible BC,

West Kelowna