I have warned three times of the coming crime wave once the City of Victoria allowed medical marijuana outlets. Now shops are springing up like weeds (pun intended). Therefore the crime I warned about is upon us. The latest armed robbery of Weeds Social Club in Victoria is part of the onset of Victoria’s coming crime wave. Folks, the real trouble hasn’t even gotten going yet.
It is concerning that two of the three incidents I have reported on surrounding these medical marijuana outlets have involved weapons. Somebody is going to get hurt unless sanity is brought to bear on this situation. Victoria’s policies are dangerous and promote crime. Is it going to take somebody dying before the City of Victoria gets the message?
Do you remember the burglary of the pot supplier in Langford a few days ago? Part of me wonders if that armed robbery had anything to do with the business records that were stolen
Anyhow, here is the police media release concerning the armed robbery of Weeds Social Club
Victoria, BC – VicPD investigators are looking to speak with witnesses after a local marijuana dispensary was robbed.
Officers were called to the Weeds Social Club, a marijuana dispensary in the 1600-block of Douglas Street, around 10 p.m. last night for a report of an armed robbery. The investigation revealed that a man entered the dispensary, produced a weapon and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and drugs. There were no injuries.
The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, standing 5′ 9″ with a slim build wearing a blue sweat top with a dark hood. While the man wore a disguise, he is believed to be in his 20s to early 30s. He was last seen riding a white BMX-style bicycle.
Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who was in the area at the time or who may have information about this incident. Please call our non-emergency line at (250) 995-7654. To report anonymously, please call CrimeStoppers at 1 800-222-8477.
Here is my explanation about medical pot and the crime associated with it from my previous blog posting
Whether for or against the legalization of pot, you should be concerned and alarmed at the proliferation of illegal pot outlets in Vancouver and Victoria. This is especially true when you realize that if these outlets create any significant revenues for these cities, other cities will quickly jump aboard.
They call them Compassion Clubs or some other innocent name. It makes no difference what they call them though. They are illegal stores which deal in an illegal substance.
Their existence and the activist judges and municipalities who condone them are a large part of how and why pot threatens to destroy our youth. We must find the answer to safely navigate our medical pot dilemma.
My concern is not about the value of pot as a medicine. No, it is about a breakdown in the “rule of law” that allows these pot shops. It feels like a hysterical movement to grant it a quasi-legal status to them. Our local governments are ignoring the resultant harm to our youth and our society
Pot definitely has a medicinal value
There can be no rational debate as to whether or not pot has a medicinal value. The empirical data is absolutely compelling and unquestionable. Pot is a valuable and effective medicine.
Buds treat many diseases
This is especially true with pot treatment as it relates to certain types of pain control and seizure control. As well, there are the many other chronic diseases against which it is effective.
It is a fact that pot has the ability to favorably alter the quality of life for many individuals. These truths about pot are recognized, begrudgingly, by Health Canada. They are also even recognized by the somewhat paranoid FDA.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. “It acts much like the cannabinoid chemicals made naturally by the body“, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
“Cannabinoid receptors are concentrated in certain areas of the brain associated with thinking, memory, pleasure, coordination and time perception. THC attaches to these receptors and activates them and affects a person’s memory, pleasure, movements, thinking, concentration, coordination, and sensory and time perception”, according to NIDA.
“THC is one of many compounds found in the resin secreted by glands of the marijuana plant.”
More of these glands are found around the reproductive organs of the plant than on any other area of the plant. Other compounds unique to marijuana, called cannabinoids, are present in this resin.
“One cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive”
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “…it actually blocks the high associated with THC“.
Because of motorcycle gang involvement in the sale of marijuana for recreational use, marijuana is mired in misery. These gangs are steeped in violence and surrounded by death. From that standpoint alone, it is not a harmless drug. This criminal involvement is now an equal threat to the medical marijuana industry as is recreational pot
Motorcycle gangs and ethnicity based gangs dominate the pot scene
For at least the last decade motorcycle gangs, and more recently, ethnicity based gangs have dominated the marijuana business. They also dominate illegal sales of the other controlled drugs here in Canada. They have accomplished that domination through violence, through brutality and through murder. BC Bud, as it is called, has long been a sought after commodity because of its potency (high levels of THC).
The cross border trade in marijuana and guns
The various gangs smuggle their marijuana south of the border to the U.S. There they trade it for cocaine and weapons which they then smuggle back to Canada.
In Canada, they sell the cocaine at a high profit margin. This is because they can make an even trade, ounce for ounce, of BC bud for cocaine.
The guns? They use those to control the drug trade
These are the gangs that Stew Young’s policies invite to Langford. They are being allowed to entrench themselves into that municipality because Stew keeps sending its citizens false hopes. Stew keeps challenging their presence with bylaw infractions instead of working with other municipalities to institute a policing model that might actually succeed in staving off much of the coming violence there.
Gangs are seizing control of the medical marijuana industry
For at least the past year, I am personally aware that gangs have been actively buying up and/or otherwise taking over the licenses of individuals who have the right to grow marijuana for their own personal medical use. By combining the yield from those licenses, and also by forcing individual licensees to grow more than they are permitted, these gangs are infiltrating and taking over the medical marijuana trade. They are converting what was originally a compassionate, but ill conceived program, into an organized criminal enterprise.
Was this not predictable?
What did our government think was going to happen when it began licensing individuals to grow weed? Did they really believe that there are enough police to go out and visit every individual licensee on a regular basis to ensure that each licensee is in compliance with regulations?
Gangs goals in the production of pot versus medical goals
Let us look at two simple, yet undeniable, facts:
- As we learned earlier, two of the main active properties of pot are found in THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive chemical that produces a high. CBD is the chemical principally responsible for the physical, medical benefits thereof. Thus, the ideal strain of pot for medical use would be one low in THC and high in CBD.
- Far more individuals use pot for recreational purposes than use it for medical purposes.
Gangs want to maximize profits
Gangs are in the business of maximizing their illegal profits no matter the misery they create for society. Since, by far, the largest number of pot buyers comes from the recreational users side of the spectrum, instead of from medical users, do you think that the gangs would prefer to produce and sell a marijuana strain high in THC, the psychoactive ingredient, or high in CBD, the physioactive and curative ingredient?
Thus, with gangs selling pot to the plethora of “supposed” medical marijuana dispensaries that sprout like weeds in Vancouver and Victoria, and will continue to do so unless some sanity is brought to the medical marijuana industry, these dispensaries will be selling pot with the exact opposite properties of what is medically needed.
Would you fill your prescriptions at a pharmacy which buys its medicine supplies from a criminal organization? or Would you use medicine that is produced to give the exact opposite effects of what you need?
This is precisely what Vancouver is proposing that you do. It is also exactly what Victoria is thinking of proposing. It is absolute insanity.
As I write this blog posting, there are 25 commercially licensed pot growers in Canada. Sadly, gang activity is already having a negative impact on their businesses. Why are we allowing criminal organizations to threaten legitimate businesses?
One of Nanaimo’s largest employers recently laid off some 1/3 of its staff
Tilray, a leading supplier of medical marijuana, although the news article quoted herein from CBC does not specify the illegal supplying of marijuana to its customer base, I have it on reliable inside information that that is precisely the reason for the layoffs cited in the news article. In fact, a careful reading of that news article certainly lends itself to such a conclusion when it says, “…serve patients and the MMPR market as it exists today…”
Here is the article
“One of Vancouver Island’s largest medical marijuana growing companies announced Thursday it is laying off 61 employees. Tilray opened its Nanaimo facility in 2014 and at its peak employed nearly 200 people. This gives it a high profile as a major employer in the region.”
“The company insists the layoffs will not have any impact on the thousands of patients we serve”, according to a statement from Tilray CEO Greg Engel. “Tilray is making changes to our operating model to more efficiently serve patients and the MMPR market as it exists today,” Engel wrote.
“Tilray is well-capitalized and confident in our long-term business strategy, and we are operating more efficiently than ever before.”
Think about this also
Organized crime, in the form of gangs involved in the medical marijuana business, is already costing Nanaimo legitimate business. It is business that will likely never return because the buyers from the gangs will not be allowed by the gangs to take their business elsewhere.
The legalization of marijuana for medical purposes is absolutely correct. However that legalization must come through our federal government. Additionally, that road must be well planned and well built. Otherwise we are funding the coffers of organized crime and sending the wrong message to our youth
Right now, Victoria is contemplating licensing illegal marijuana stores and Vancouver has already opted for money over morality and over commonsense by doing so; Canadian cities need to get out of the business of establishing illegal storefronts to dispense marijuana
In Vancouver, they have imposed a $30,000 licensing fee for private marijuana businesses. When this fee is combined with tax revenues and whatever other charges the city can dream up, it amounts to a cash windfall.
It is a disgusting display of greed as Vancouver violates federal law and legalizes drug dealing under the guise of public health
They do so with a cheer leading squad led by those who care nothing about the medicinal value of marijuana, but only use its medical benefits as a rallying cry so they can get high with less possibility of any legal consequences.
Licensing pot shops in Victoria is akin to offering motorcycle gangs and ethnicity based gangs an invitation to set up in Victoria.
These pot shops will buy their weed from gangs. Additionally, many will be run by gangs and owned by gangs
Gangs are in the business of vice. Accordingly, they sell those things which threaten the moral values and the legal values of society.
Recreational pot definitely falls within those categories. It is not possible for the City of Victoria to establish a licensing standard that would preclude gang ownership. This is because any shop selling marijuana can establish ownership through relatives or friends.
What the City of Victoria is really thinking about is inviting dope dealers and other criminals to set up shop in Victoria.
When I speak to our youth about the recreational use of pot, I always give them truth (detailed below). They can handle the truth, but they cannot handle the hypocrisy of municipalities violating federal laws
- Your brain is not fully developed until you are in your twenties. Thus, what you do when younger trains your brain. Therefore the younger you are when you start drugs, the greater the chance you will end up a hopeless addict.
- This is the time you are training your brain. You can train it to be weak or you can train it to be strong. Taking any drug for non-medicinal purposes trains it to be weak.
All drugs physically alter your brain.
- All drugs are gateway drugs. They are the gateway to your own personal hell. They teach you to hang out with the wrong people. I’m talking about people who don’t care about you, but only care about having somebody, anybody, to get high with. These are people who have no goals. These are people whose future is as bleak as yours will be if you start down the road of drugs. They train you to run from your troubles rather than face them. They convince you that the only happiness you will ever find in your life is getting high.
With Vancouver already violating federal law and Victoria preparing to vote on possibly joining Vancouver. What is the message to our youth?
Are we not telling our youth that the “rule of law” does not matter? Are we not saying that if enough people don’t like the law or if there is enough money to made by violating it then we have the right to ignore it? We give them this message with our actions while we preach the opposite with our words.
It is called “being a sorry example”. Sadly, it teaches our youth a lack of respect for our laws. As well, teaches them disrespect for the those who enforce our laws, namely, the courts and the police.
How will this affect our police? How will this affect Crown Prosecutors? What about the courts? How will they react? How did we get to this point?
I place the principal blame for this situation on the courts which have, de facto, de-criminalized pot
We have a court system with judges sworn to uphold the law. Despite this fact, we have too many activist judges who, disagreeing with the severity of the suggested sentences for marijuana related offenses have handed down punishment far more lenient than was intended by our lawmakers. They have weakened the laws to the point that nobody fears the repercussions.
The really sad thing about all these watered down sentences is that with each sentence these judges are creating something known in the law as “Precedent“. Precedent, simply stated, is a “…is a principle or rule established in a previous legal case that is either binding on or persuasive for a court or other tribunal when deciding subsequent cases with similar issues or facts“.
As implied by its meaning, a precedent, once established, is something that determines judges’ sentencing for years to come. Thus the leniency toward marijuana by the courts has existed for several years now. Thus it is destined to continue for another decade or longer unless and until all or most judges change that precedent by a series of harsher sentences for marijuana related offenses.
What are the courts going to do when individuals appear before them in violation of a federal law, but in compliance with city bylaws?
Judges’ actions and the Precedents they establish have a direct effect on Crown Prosecutors, on the police and on criminal activity
Crown Prosecutors make decisions to charge an individual based upon several factors.
- Severity of a crime
- Likelihood of conviction
- Whether or not the courts take the crime more seriously
Certain crimes are taken less seriously by the courts. This is demonstrated by very light sentences. Often, rather than have a trial, the prosecutors and the defense lawyers just agree on a “plea bargain“. The criminal gets a slap on the wrist, such as probation, in return for a “guilty” plea. In theory, this saves the prosecutors time with which to go after crimes that exact more severe sentences from the courts. In reality, these prosecutors don’t go after anything except for coffee on their coffee breaks.
Police, in turn, must use their time more efficiently to apprehend criminals. Therefore, they shy away from referring criminal infractions to crown prosecutors when it has been the experience of the police that those prosecutors are unlikely to lay charges against the individual.
Criminals are very aware of how certain crimes are viewed by the courts. They actually tailor their crimes accordingly. Therefore, whenever possible, they commit their crimes in a manner in which they will receive the least punishment if caught.
For instance, if an individual is caught with marijuana, the criminal knows that carrying an ounce of that weed in bulk will bring about a very minor sentence for simple possession, as opposed to having that exact same amount of weed divided up into $20 baggies with could bring a charge of “Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking”. That is a far more serious charge.