CANADA: If you have always wanted to see the war on marijuana come to an end, now is your chance to help make it happen!
We have a unique opportunity to change the marijuana law here in B.C., and decriminalize pot possession with a provincial referendum. But only if people like you will show up to make it happen.
I’ve been involved in the marijuana reform movement for more than 20 years. In that time, I have seen many politicians make promises about decriminalization or legalization, but no one has ever come through and actually changed the laws. Nor will they — unless we make them!
When Colorado and Washington legalized marijuana last fall, they did so with public referendums, despite opposition from both mainstream American parties. It’s the same here in B.C. There’s overwhelming support for marijuana law reform among the people of our province, but we have no elected provincial leaders willing to champion this important issue.
Indeed, the BC NDP has been completely silent on the issue of skyrocketing marijuana arrests in our province. No NDP MLA has ever bothered to ask Christy Clark how the BC Liberals can justify presiding over a doubling of arrest rates for marijuana possession between 2005 and 2010.
If trends continue, B.C. taxpayers will shell out about $50 million over the next four years, just to detain and charge pot smokers.
There is a better way.
I am part of a reform organization called Sensible BC. We’ve written a law, called the Sensible Policing Act, which would effectively decriminalize marijuana possession in B.C., and set us on the path to a legally regulated system.
The Sensible Policing Act instructs all B.C. police to stop spending time or resources on searches or arrests for simple possession. A minor caught with marijuana would be treated the same as if it was alcohol. This law also calls upon the federal government to repeal marijuana prohibition, so that B.C. and other provinces can legally regulate cultivation and sale.
To force the B.C. government to put this legislation to a public vote, we will be collecting signatures for a ballot initiative, in exactly the same way as the Fight HST campaign did.
We start collecting signatures Monday, and we’ll have 90 days to get 10 per cent of the voters in every electoral district to sign on. If we succeed, then we can expect to have a referendum on the Sensible Policing Act in 2014.
Here’s where you come in: We need help collecting all those signatures. I’m not just asking you to sign our petition, I’m asking you to register as a canvasser, so you can help to get the signatures we need.
Not every canvasser needs to make a major commitment, as long as you can get some signatures from your friends and family you should come on board.
We have a very good chance of forcing a referendum to decriminalize marijuana in B.C., but only if people who care about this issue will get off the couch and get involved.
Whether you can collect 20 signatures or 2,000, everyone can participate and help make this historic campaign a success!
Find your local organizer and join the campaign at www.SensibleBC.ca