We’re Not The Fun Police. Myer’s Marijuana Motion Burns Out at City Council Tonight.

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Susan Myers Motion to prohibit cannabis retail access in Sault Ste. Marie failed spectacularly tonight at the Municipal Council meeting, City Hall.

Myers had asked Municipal Council to consider a motion that would see the municipality of Sault Ste. Marie engage in prohibition of the soon-to-be legalized product. (July 1, 2018)

Excerpt from Motion reads: “Now Therefore Be It Resolved that City Council goes on record opposing the opening of a retail cannabis outlet in our community.”

Not a single municipal councilor voted in favour of the motion, including the seconder, Sandra Hollingsworth.

Hollingsworth stated that she has researched the issue and is concerned that a prohibition would pose an ever bigger challenge to a criminal justice system already stretched beyond its limit. “When the criminal justice system is no longer arresting individuals for small amounts of cannabis, it will free up scarce police resources, and take business away from the illegal drug cartels, and illegal (street) drug trade. Prosecuting for these minor drug offenses (marijuana) is costly and burdens our criminal justice system.” she said.

Hollingsworth further stated that proceeds from the illegal drug trade pose a substantial risk to our communities as organized crime like human trafficking and harder drugs are already here.

Hollingsworth stated that she supports the medical use of marijuana but does have concerns about its recreational use.

“Too many Canadians have ended up with a criminal record for possessing small amounts of cannabis. A strict framework controlling the growth, sale and distribution of marijuana has been developed by the Federal government. Protecting the youth has been a priority of the Act  (Cannabis Act – BILL C-45), including two new criminal offenses that take in the specific issue of youth.”

Councillor Shoemaker raised the issue of history and the Ontario Temperance Act of 1916. “Today, practically everybody agrees that prohibition was a mistake.” he said.

“The current state of affairs leaves cannabis buyers unaware of its source. 68% of youth under the age of 18 have tried marijuana. Regulation will ensure that minors are not allowed to purchase cannabis. There will be strict regulations around sourcing. We’re not the fun police.” shared Shoemaker. “It would be akin to us saying that we don’t want an LCBO in our community.”

“There’s an entire industry blossoming before us. Statistics show that Canadians want to purchase cannabis in a legal and regulated way.” said Councillor Christian, adding, “Some of the cannabis being sold on the streets can be laced with dangerous by-products, including (potentially) fentanyl. We’ll be telling people to go and buy a soon-to-be legal product in an illegal way.”

“It’s (cannabis) better accessed from a legal, standardized location.” stated Councillor Butland. “Sault Ste. Marie has received a lot of negative attention from the opoid crises. Do we want to be a municipality that says the way to handle opoid is to place prohibition on cannabis? I say no way. This will not improve our situation. It is not a strategy.”

Councillor Niro stated, “My biggest concern is that the sale of marijuana –  if prohibited in The Sault – would continue to be in the hands of organized crime.”

Councillor Fata said, “I’m worried that a local prohibition would see Sault citizens  – who head to Sudbury for shopping  – would now have one more thing to pick up on their list.”

The City’s CAO – Al Horsman –  stated that the city expects to have its first retail cannabis outlet sometime this summer.

For more information on The (Canadian) Cannabis Act, go here: http://www.marijuanalaws.ca/cannabis-act-bill-c-45.html

 

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Lynne Brown
Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through farmers’ fields for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royale was considered a very good day. Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. email to lynne@superiormedia.ca Twitter: @dlynnebrown.

8 COMMENTS

  1. As usual, this councillor does not do any research about anything. There are so many people benefiting with pain relief from cannabis in different forms. The move to legally sell marajuana in a controlled atmosphere will also curb some of the dangers of buying it from the street. With the fact that weed is being found laced with things like fentanyl, having a controlled dealer is the best move to eliminate that risk. If she did any research at all we wouldn’t have had the issue of a crooked Fire Chief that she backed so whole heartedly as well.
    I absolutely say, don’t let her anywhere near our school kids. It’s time for her to move on from any influence whatsoever in this city.

  2. IF Susan can get elected to the public school board…WATCH OUT .She will be wanting to being back the strap and hand out goiter pills while enjoying a dance around the maypole.

  3. That is because Susan Myers thoughts regarding cannabis are comparable to a chimpanzee thinking about the origin of life in the universe; confused gibberish. By that I mean she’s simple. At best. Eat it lady. Hahahahahahahaha

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