Article by Mike Rudyk, CBC News
The Yukon Green Party says it’s time to address the root causes of crime in Yukon.
Party leader Frank de Jong, who’s running in the Pelly-Nisutlin riding, says community involvement in crime prevention is good, but he says government must address things such as drug addiction, homelessness, and medical challenges.
“If you can address the root crime you can avoid all these costs of incarcerations, courts and police,” de Jong said.
De Jong also says his party supports the move towards legalizing marijuana, and the territorial government must be prepared.
“I think we have to follow the lead of the federal government and decriminalize marijuana, like four states in the United States have already done,” he said.
“Start making it available in a controlled way at the liquor store — you know, you have to be over 18, you can’t smoke it when you’re driving, etc.”