Friday, November 25, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Today's guest host is Jim Brown in Calgary.
Part One of The Current
It's Friday, November 25th.
The Conservatives are pushing to add 30 seats to the House of Commons.
Currently, it's all part of the government's plan to create new jobs. And good jobs, too! 157K and a pension!
This is The Current.
Regulate Marijuana? - Philip Owen
Istvan Marton - or Steve to his friends -- was a passionate advocate for the legalization of marijuana. And it looks as if he may have died for his cause. Marton was a marijuana dealer in Sointula on Vancouver Island. To protest Canada's marijuana laws, he staged a hunger strike and went without solid food for more than a month. He suffered a massive heart attack Sunday, and his doctor said the hunger strike contributed to his death.
Steve Marton is just one British Columbia resident making headlines this week for a campaign to change Canada's marijuana laws. This week, four former Vancouver Mayors called for an end to the prohibition on pot. But for Marton's sister, Juliana Bazso, the issue is personal. We heard from her.
This week, former Vancouver mayors Larry Campbell, Mike Harcourt, Sam Sullivan and Philip Owen signed an open letter to British Columbia politicians in support of the Stop the Violence BC Coalition. They believe, among other things, that legalized pot would do much to end gang mayhem. Philip Owen, was the Mayor of Vancouver from 1993-2002. He was in Vancouver this morning.
Regulate Marijuana? - Chuck Doucette
Not everyone thinks that legalizing marijuana is the way to cut down on gang violence. Chuck Doucette is a retired British Columbia RCMP officer and most of his 35 years with the force were spent in drug enforcement and drug education. He's now on the board of the Drug Prevention Network of Canada. He was in Delta, British Columbia.
Other segments from today's show: