Last night, I thought about what might transpire in Vancouver if former Conservative MP Wai Young were to win the mayoral election and have a majority on council.
And the only conclusion I could draw was that it would be horrific news for medicinal cannabis users, cyclists, and sex workers—three groups that don’t always turn up in large numbers in municipal elections.
Keep in mind that Young was an MP in Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, which eagerly retained cannabis prohibition.
It’s only the election of a Liberal government in 2015 that opened the door to legalization this October.
Under provincial legislation, local governments will have a big say in this issue.
Solicitor General Mike Farnworth has repeatedly said that the approval of locations of cannabis stores is up to municipalities.
These local councils can even prevent government-owned cannabis stores opening in their communities.
If Young and any Coalition of Vancouver councillors want to halt the