Welcome to the New Amsterdam

Victoria has always been a tourist city, but for the first time in a long time, that is going to hit new heights. We have a new city council, lead once again by a progressive mayor who isn’t afraid to lead the way with positive change.

On March 12, 2012, councillor Ben Isitt proposed a motion to the Governance and Priorities Committee entitled, “Support a Regulatory Approach to Cannabis Control”. On Thursday, March, 15th, the motion was passed. On March 22nd at 7:30pm, this vote will go in front of the entire city council.

This signals a proactive change in the community; it will instantly affect organized crime in the area, who until now have been in an unregulated industry. Now, cannabis will be regulated in the same way it is for medicinal usage; but now you’ll have to be of age, know that it’s not been laced with drugs, and the province will profit. Perhaps we can put a percentage of that profit into mental health research.

I’m not sure Victoria is ready for a tourism boost of this scale; we’ll once again be a glimmer in the eye of the globe trotters who are looking for a place that prioritizes on health, safety and leisure. According to those to study the new economic order (NEO), the most money is spent by people who focus on travel and tourism around experience, pleasure, wine, and food.

On March 22nd, when this vote happens in city council, unless you support organized crime and the unregulated, violent distribution of cannabis, get every business professional in the community you know to endorse this motion. We’re about to once again become world leaders, and watch the rest of our jurisdictional neighbours follow our lead.

If you’d like to send the mayor an email in support of this motion, fill out this form and send it on to your friends and family!

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ryan Flach on March 17, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Dear Mayor, I am in FULL support of the “Regulatory approach to Cannabis control” motion put forth by councillor Isitt. This is a great and unique opportunity to boost the local economy with added tourism revenue. Also this is a great opportunity to take an enormous bite out of the pocket-books of organized criminals, gangs and unregulated narcotic dealers.

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  2. Posted by Andy on March 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Uh, I hate to kill the buzz but this resolution doesn’t actually create or dismantle any laws or city programs. It’s simply a resolution to announce what Victoria ‘thinks’ should be done. As much as this move is a step in the right direction, it’s convincing or electing a federal government that’s the main concern.

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  3. While I think this is great and I’d love this input to Victoria – – won’t this initiative still take months if not years of negotiating with Ottawa? I don’t think local politics, or even Provincial work has much say over “drug” policy in a city. Council can approve and so can the Mayor, but I don’t see Ottawa giving Victoria the go-ahead that quickly to make it a revenue incentive . This is, and will continue to be, a Federal battle.

    Guess it has to start somewhere! thanks for the post,
    -Torbjorn

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