Re: "Marijuana movement sparks up in Surrey," the Now, Sept. 3.
I wonder about the real reasons the Surrey Board of Trade stated its myopic view on legalizing marijuana in British Columbia and maintaining status quo.
Might there be a conflict of interest? I wonder this because the board hasn't been speaking out boldly about revoking the legalization of alcohol. Why aren't they advocating for the closure of pubs and liquor outlets? Substance abuse is substance abuse - and liquor affects workers' productivity as much, or more - than any other drug. My guess is that there are more profits to be found in maintaining the alcohol trade than in prohibition.
Many of the photos on the Internet about the Surrey Board of Trade shows people holding alcoholic beverages.
So, one can deduce that they help to promote that substance while having no toleration for any new market of pot, even though it would help reduce criminal violence in the black market and provide revenue flow to offset people's taxes.
One can't help to wonder if the Surrey Board of Trade is afraid of change and just can't see the bigger picture. Or is it trying to appease some political pundit(s) with its posturing?
John Mackintosh, Surrey
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