There's a good chance you've heard of BC Bud. Back in the 70's, people brought seeds from all over the world to BC, because of the perfect growing conditions. With Canada's marijuana industry worth more than 20 billion dollars, there are more marijuana crops over Canada than prairie wheat, larger exports than fishing, and more workers than forestry and mining combined. Marijuana is one of the worlds most valuable resources. 7 billion dollars in weed a year is grown out of BC alone. Over 20,000 people living in BC grow marijuana, and 40% of marijuana in Canada, is grown in BC and 80% of marijuana found in the United States, was grown in Canada. Over 50,000 people charged with possession every year, yet only 1/10 are sent to jail because of it. Even though filling courts and jails with people caught having, distributing or growing marijuana, it still hasn't reduced the use of it whatsoever.
Rival street gangs are fighting over market shares, and the more the government makes laws against marijuana, the more the street prices rise, which causes more violence, which makes more gang and drug wars, which causes more problems.
Grower Mik Mann (Opus Farms, Port Alberni) said "legalization is the first step, and from there, we can change regulations. We can make our own beer, we can make our own wine, but we cant grow a few plants? We're growing our own medicine, saving our tax dollars."
The government has announced that they're changing the laws on legal grow ops, for medical patients that can't grow their own. The new law will say that RCMP officers will be supervising the grow ops and distributing it to the patients themselves, to prevent the growers to sell it on the black market illegally.
The government refuses to listen to the evidence, science, and facts. They pursue it for power, social, and legal control. Cannabis has a better safety record than all the pills being prescribed out of pharmacies. There are no deaths ever reported from smoking marijuana, yet 100,000 deaths a YEAR from prescription drugs.