Vancouver city councillor Rebecca Bligh called for the city to reconsider a pre-legalization zoning decision banning REC stores from the city’s Downtown East Side, an area of intense and concentrated poverty and opioid use.
- Bligh argued research proves cannabis helps people stay off more dangerous drugs including alcohol, and therefore affordable cannabis should be legally available within that community.
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- Overdose Prevention Society executive director Sarah Blyth joined Bligh in calling for affordably priced cannabis to be available in the neighbourhood, where locals are used to cannabis going for $3 to $7 per gram rather than the average of $12 to $14 found in licensed REC retailers.
- Blyth said, “If it’s legal, then it shouldn’t be hard for people to get it … That’s always been my philosophy: if people are doing something, to try and make it as safe and legal as you can.”