Stop the Violence BC is a coalition of law enforcement officials, legal experts, public health officials and academic experts from universities across British Columbia. Coalition members have come together to engage all British Columbians in a discussion aimed at developing and implementing marijuana-related policies that improve public health while reducing social harms, including violent crime.
Guided by the best available scientific evidence, Stop the Violence BC is calling for cannabis to be governed by a strict regulatory framework aimed at limiting use while also starving organized crime of the profits they currently reap as a result of prohibition. Using regulatory tools proven effective at reducing tobacco use will undercut the huge profits cannabis driving violent organized crime in BC.
Not only that, cannabis regulation may also improve community health by making cannabis harder for young people to access, lessening cannabis grow-op associated property damage, and freeing up law enforcement resources to focus on criminal activity where law enforcement can reduce harm.
Since the launch of the campaign, Stop the Violence BC has been honoured to receive endorsements from former mayors of Vancouver, former BC attorneys general, the Health Officers Council of BC and the Global Commission on Drug Policy.
The Link Between Cannabis Prohibition and Organized Crime, October 2011