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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Former Marijuana Party leader Brian Taylor now Mayor of Grand Forks

Last night I asked Marc Emery for a comment on the results of his unsuccessful Vancouver mayoral race. Here's what he had to say:

For me, the great news of the night was seeing my friend and BC Marijuana Party Leader in the 2001 campaign, Brian Taylor, get elected Mayor of Grand Forks, BC, and medical marijuana activist Philippe Lucas elected to Victoria City Council.

I gave $500 each to both campaigns instead of my own, and am glad I did, because spending money on my campaign would have been a waste of money. I placed a far distant fourth, getting not even a 1,000 votes. The pot culture was behind the Vision Vancouver slate which elected Mayor Gregor Robertson, former MLA, and 9 of 10 Councillors. I have friends on City Council and any haters were voted out, so for me, it might be a helpful result too.

Thanks in part to Emery's pioneering work, last night was a success for the marijuana policy reform movement.

Posted by Matthew Johnston on November 16, 2008 in Municipal Politics | Permalink


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The road to Hell is easy.

Posted by: epsilon | 2008-11-16 11:45:00 AM

Hell is just pretend. Government tyranny isn't.

Posted by: Robert Seymour | 2008-11-16 1:14:30 PM

And now we are one step closer to another mammoth bureaucracy to oversee the growing, distribution and taxing of what is now a cheap, high quality, relatively easy euphoric drug to acquire.

This will be nothing more than the government competing with private entrepreneurs. I will bet that the private sector will continue and prosper except for those who get nailed under some sort of tax evasion law in the pot industry.

I don't see the pot industry as being broken and if it ain't broke don't fix it.

Emery has enormous potential to be somebody great. Instead he is tossing away his talent on a big loser.

Posted by: John V | 2008-11-16 1:46:05 PM

We get the feeling that some people in BC think recreational use of controlled substance list drugs is not only a good thing, that they are a wonderful thing... and that somehow,the freedom to be intoxicated on said drugs is more important than almost every other aspect of human life.

What sort of government do they have out there that is run by an unidentified tyrant? When did that all happen, BC taken over by a Tyrant and oppressive forces? The government in the rest of Canada is elected in a democracy ..we view government as our servants doing our bidding..and for the far greater part they do..Our daily lives in the rest of Canada are strong enough not to be angry and afraid about who our servants are and what they are doing all the time like it looks like some people in BC are..

Should we send in a rescue team or something and restore failed democracy in BC ? Were the BC elections corruptly performed or it is just a case of sore losers complaining about how they didn't win ?

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-16 5:57:51 PM


" ..we view government as our servants doing our bidding"

As I stated in a earlier blog , if that was the case we would have captal punishment and pot would have been legal a long time ago.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-11-16 7:10:03 PM

.. we all say stuff in an earlier blog we regret later. ..

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-16 7:43:52 PM

good of you to admit it.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-11-16 8:05:52 PM

well, someone had to say you did..

Posted by: 419 | 2008-11-16 8:22:39 PM

Why do people insist on classifying drugs by legal status instead of by chemical composition and effects on the mind and body?

If they did, then alcohol nicotine would be classified more closely to opiates, since they are all physically addictive. Marijuana, which is not, would be in a separate category. For example.

Posted by: johnny | 2008-11-18 1:41:57 PM

It's all simply a pissing contest between you and people that think they know what's best for you. For every person that enjoys Marijuana , there is someone out there trying to stop them from enjoying it. I guess it's the brainwashing we had from the "experts" in the early years. Pro and con.

Posted by: peterj | 2008-11-19 10:16:24 PM

Umm. I think we haven't been told the real reason for keeping pot illegal. I think Chris Rock was right when he said that government doesn't want you to use illegal drugs - they want you to use THEIR drugs. As we've seen in recent news, "their drugs" are a lot more dangerous. Government(s) are making lots of money on pharmaceuticals. However, it's been obvious for some time that pot isn't going to just 'go away.' People are growing, exporting and using it more than ever, and this rapidly growing industry might save BC from experiencing a more serious economic downturn than other places in Canada. Soon, I feel this will 'force the hand' of government to make a change. Public support for keeping pot illegal is dwindling rapidly. Using the 'follow the money' principle, the money is on the side of legalizing pot. As a personal note - it's a whole lot better for you than anything you can find in either a liquor or drug store! I'd reach for a joint long before I'd reach for an aspirin!

Posted by: sydney | 2008-11-30 10:04:15 AM

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