Cannabis: The road to legalization

Gareth Morley – Inroads Issue 41 interviews, a leading advocate for legal pot NORML Canada Executive Director – Craig Jones
If you talk with police – away from cameras and microphones – they will tell you that enforcement of cannabis prohibition is not a good use of their time and resources. And they’ve known this for a long time. It’s politicians, primarily, who have kept the fires burning under cannabis prohibition.

Right now, Canadian law makes possession, trafficking and production of cannabis a crime with exemptions for medical marijuana. Simple possession is rarely prosecuted. From your perspective, what are the main problems with this system?

It might be counterintuitive for some people, but most of the problems we have with cannabis arise from its prohibition, not its use.