Dateline Cowichan: Maple Bay takes aim at area pot smokers
Maple Bay’s a quiet, scenic paradise for residents, visitors and those who stumble across it on their way elsewhere.
But in March 1971, colourful and often controversial Leader editor Derek Rhind raised an issue that had been simmering in the neighbourhood for years. Maple Bay Ratepayers, he reported, felt forced to declare war on drug usage, long hair, and transients. And at a ratepayers’ meeting, some were shocked to learn some of the drugs were supplied at pot parties held in local homes.
Ratepayer Mrs. E. Knott said she had visited the Maple Bay Inn’s beer parlour the previous summer.
“The bartender reeked of marijuana,” she said.
“As long as drugs are illegal, I will not tolerate them on my premises.” said Inn owner Ray Woollam.
Former Inn bartender Jim Carroll said there was far too much drug abuse in the area.
“There are people in this room right now that hold pot parties at their homes, and if they don’t stop it I’m going to turn them in,” he said.
In front of 175 attendees at a Quality of Life symposium at the Village Green Inn, Rev. G. A. Kerr described high suicide, lack of togetherness, lack of families, husbands and wives not doing things together and lack of religious life as ongoing valley problems.
Cowichan District Riding Club president Ted Robertson, Mrs. Robertson, Dr. Dave Reed, Stan Green and Mrs. Pat Brown were responsible for setting out the trail for their second drag hunt – a 10-mile loop beginning and ending on E. D. Woodward’s Herd Road farm.
Tenders were called for a gymnasium at Crofton Elementary School at an estimated cost of $54,000. The gymnasium was part of a referendum passed in December 1966.