Dana Larsen, well-known marijuana activist and director of the Vancouver Cannabis Dispensary, is on a provincial tour to promote the Sensible BC decriminalization campaign.
Larsen will be in Williams Lake, on Thursday, Nov. 15, speaking to supporters at the Cariboo Regional District Library Williams Lake branch from 6-7:30pm.
“Over the coming weeks, I am coming to dozens of cities and towns across BC,” said Larsen, who ran for the Leadership of the BC NDP last year. “I am spreading the good news that our province can decriminalize cannabis today!”
Larsen is pushing for the province to adopt the Sensible Policing Act, legislation which would instruct police to stop searching or arresting people for simple possession of cannabis.
“Elections BC has confirmed that the Sensible Policing Act is within provincial jurisdiction and suitable for a referendum,” explained Larsen. “With support for cannabis decriminalization at over 70 per cent in BC, I hope our political leaders will get behind this legislation. But if we can’t convince our Premier to act then we will collect signatures for a referendum.”
The Sensible BC campaign plans on collecting the official signatures for a ballot initiative from September to November, 2013. If successful, a referendum would be held in September 2014.
“Over the coming year, the Sensible BC campaign team will be building up our volunteer base and registering supporters,” explained Larsen. “This tour is a big part of that. We will need thousands of volunteers in place for this signature-gathering campaign to succeed.”
“There’s been a lot of talk lately about how cannabis prohibition has failed British Columbians,” concluded Larsen. “The Sensible Policing Act is the first step towards a sensible pot policy in our province.”