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THE MARIJUANA WARS: A Police Officer Speaks Out

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Published on Oct 18, 2012

Kash Heed, a long-time law enforcement official and MLA, is calling for the legalization and taxation of cannabis to better protect communities and reduce related organized crime activity resulting from the illegal marijuana trade.

In this video, Kash Heed shares his experiences about the devastating consequences of cannabis prohibition, based on his 31 years in law enforcement as a beat cop, a police chief, head of the Vancouver Police Department Drug Unit and Indo-Canadian Gang Violence Task Force.

"In the early 1990s, I began to fully recognize the futility and the social, economic and public health costs of continuing marijuana prohibition," said Heed in a written statement. "And I came to one inescapable conclusion—cannabis prohibition fuels gang violence in B.C. In fact, costly law enforcement efforts have only served to drive the marijuana industry deeper into the hands of violent organized crime groups."

In his statement, Heed announced that he is joining Stop the Violence BC (STVBC), a coalition of academic, legal, law enforcement and health experts, and its campaign to reform cannabis laws to reduce the harms associated with the illegal cannabis trade, including gang violence. He joins a growing list of endorsements that includes a coalition of B.C. mayors, the Health Officers Council of B.C., four former mayors of Vancouver and former B.C. attorneys general, and follows the passing last month of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) resolution calling for calling for the decriminalization of cannabis.

To learn more about the statement and Stop the Violence BC please visit: http://stoptheviolencebc.org/kash_heed.

Director/Producer: Pete McCormack
Director of Photography: Mike Hawley
Music: Schaun Tozer
Sound: Ian Jones
Production Assistant/Second Camera: Kieran McCormack
Big Special Thanks: Tara and Eric—Two Story Productions, Tavis Dunn, Stephen Green and Jonny Ross

Photo Credits:
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www.flickr.com/photos/bcgovphotos/740328­5782/ courtesy of BC Gov Photos on FlickR
http://www.justice.gov/dea/pr/multime... courtesy of the US Drug Enforcement Agency

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