Stop the Violence BC endorses the Sensible BC campaign

Stop the Violence BC has long argued that decriminalization is an insufficient policy response when it comes to addressing the range of public health and safety concerns associated with cannabis ...

B.C. political parties respond to call for support of legalized marijuana trial

Four major political parties differ on backing of research study despite poll demonstrating overwhelming public support in favour Related materials: Overview of party responses, full text of party responses, original ...

New Study Shows Potential Domestic Tax Revenue at $2.5 billion over next 5 years

British Columbia’s cannabis market could generate more than $2.5 billion in tax revenue over next five years New study challenges argument that BC’s cannabis market cannot be taxed Vancouver, B.C. ...

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Majority Supports Study to Evaluate Taxation and Regulation of Marijuana

New poll shows 73 per cent support research trial to evaluate whether taxation and regulation of marijuana could reduce profits to organized crime; questionnaire sent to B.C. political parties Vancouver, BC [April 18, 2013] — A new Angus Reid poll released today shows that British Columbians overwhelmingly support the province undertaking a pilot study to [...]

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New poll shows 73% support research trial to evaluate cannabis regulation

A new Angus Reid poll shows that British Columbians overwhelmingly support the province undertaking a pilot study to evaluate the taxation and regulation of adult cannabis use. The survey, conducted between April 8 and 9, found that 73 per cent of British Columbians support a B.C. research trial conducted by local experts and health scientists [...]

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Leading authority on drug policy and the war on drugs to speak at Munk School of Global Affairs

Ethan Nadelmann Available for Interviews: Topics Include Marijuana Legalization Victories in CO and WA, Growing Debate in Latin America on Alternatives to Drug War and Drug Policy Issues in Canada March 12, 2013 (Toronto, Canada) – Ethan Nadelmann will be featured at the Centre for Study of the United States at the Munk School giving [...]

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Local groups rally in support of the “most important drug war film you will ever see”

2012 Sundance Film Festival Winner debuts in Vancouver this Friday, welcomed by Vancouver academic, advocacy, and business groups Vancouver B.C. [February 28] – Organizations across the city are encouraging the public to attend limited screenings of The House I Live In, a U.S. documentary that has been heralded as “the definitive film on the failure of [...]

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Coalition members invited to present to District of North Vancouver Council

The District of North Vancouver Council has invited a number of Stop the Violence BC Coalition members to present to council and the public regarding implications of cannabis policy reform on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 at 6:30pm. Cannabis regulation and our communities: A look at what policy reform means for BC From Mayor Richard Walton: All [...]

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Examining driving under the influence: New study makes recommendations for a ‘drugged driving’ policy

Following the passing of ballot measures to regulate cannabis sales and consumption in Washington and Colorado this past November, many wondered what a regulatory system could and would look like. While the ballot measures outlined where tax revenues would be directed (including drug treatment and education programs), questions remain on what the social impacts of legalized [...]

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Liberal Leadership Candidate Calls for Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana

George Takach joins Stop the Violence BC Vancouver, BC [January 14, 2013] — Liberal Party leadership candidate George Takach today called for the regulation and taxation of cannabis for adults to reduce related organized crime activity and make our communities safer. “I commend Mr. Takach for urging change to a policy that has failed to protect [...]

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Media Coverage: Estimating the economic value of BC’s domestic cannabis market

On November 20, 2012 Stop the Violence BC announced findings from a recent paper, which estimates the domestic cannabis market to be valued at approximately $443-million to $564-million annually. Below you will find links to media coverage following that release. November 20, 2012 Pot Study: BCers spend half-a billion a year on marijuana, The Province [...]

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Infographics: Economic value of BC’s domestic cannabis market

A study published November 15th in the International Journal of Drug Policy showed that British Columbians spend upwards of $564 million annually on recreational marijuana.  To help making sharing the study easier, we’ve produced some infographics that you can share on social media and the internet. Please be sure to credit Stop the Violence BC. [...]

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Poll: How would you allocate funds derived from cannabis tax revenue.

Downloads: Report, Polling Data, News Release A previously unreleased Angus Reid poll asked British Columbians how they would allocate funds under a provincial system taxing and regulating the adult use of cannabis.  31% of British Columbians believe the most effective way to allocate funds derived from cannabis tax revenue would be toward drug prevention and [...]

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