Wednesday, October 04, 2006

 

If you start to think it's no big deal ...

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From: Nathanson Centre for the Study of Organized Crime and Corruption
York University, Toronto

B.C. marijuana is financing guns being used by Afghan insurgents, according to the province's top law enforcement official.

Solicitor General Rich Coleman told the Vancouver Board of Trade that weapons used in Afghanistan were tracked and the trail led back to the sale of B.C. marijuana.

Asked later by reporters how he knew this, Coleman said he has been briefed by organized crime agencies and police in the province, the United States, and other countries.

There are guns in Afghanistan that were smuggled through Canadian ports, Coleman said.

Commenting on the solicitor general's remarks, RCMP spokesman Sgt. John Ward said that police know the proceeds of marijuana sales are used to finance other illegal activities and that the drug is also used to barter for other illegal commodities, such as weapons.

“It is a concern for us and it's an issue we need to deal with,” Ward said, adding that marijuana moving from B.C. is part of a vast, lucrative bartering system by organized crime groups stretching from North American to Central America and potentially overseas.


Source: Vancouver Sun. “Solicitor general links B.C. marijuana to guns in Afghanistan.” January 30, 2004.

For much more information, click on: www.yorku.ca/nathanson/CurrentEvents/2004_Q1.htm

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Comments:
if they'd get it through their head an legalize the stuff ....naw, forget it, it makes too much sense to do so and we only see non-sense from harper.

interesting though, if you speak with savvy street people they'll tell you all about the cross-border drug exchange, the arms buying etc.. organized crime owns canada it seems (well, they're vying with thte u.s. but i think we could call that organzied grime).

the attitude seems to be, 'why make it legal here when it's illegal in the states and they're not making any strides to do otherwise'. great, nice cop-out (heh heh, pun intended). a thing called initiative and taking the lead DOES exist.
 
SCOUT left this comment on 4 Oct., and it didn't get through ... so I've cut-and-pasted it here. SCOUT says:

if they'd get it through their head an legalize the stuff ....naw, forget it, it makes too much sense to do so and we only see non-sense from harper.interesting though, if you speak with savvy street people they'll tell you all about the cross-border drug exchange, the arms buying etc.. organized crime owns canada it seems (well, they're vying with thte u.s. but i think we could call that organzied grime). the attitude seems to be, 'why make it legal here when it's illegal in the states and they're not making any strides to do otherwise'. great, nice cop-out (heh heh, pun intended). a thing called initiative and taking the lead DOES exist.
 
Scout's comments make a lot of sense. Public Health persons have answered my own questions about this topic, by saying that the best remedy starts with legalizing all of it, not just marijuana.

"Then," they said, "we can regulate it, tax it, and use the money for rehab and educational benefits. But the way it is, it provides virtually a wide open field for criminals to do as they please, with citizens as their victims."
 
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