CANADA: An activist pushing for the decriminalization of marijuana in British Columbia has received permission from Elections B.C. To launch a province-wide petition.
On Thursday, July 11, Dana Larsen got the go-ahead to use the province’s unique initiative legislation to propose a law that would decriminalize pot by preventing police from enforcing simple possession laws. Larsen and his Sensible BC campaign two months to sign up canvassers and prepare to start collecting signatures on Sept. 9.
Larsen has immediately started touring the province to get a team in place, and was in Cranbrook Thursday evening, where he took some time to speak to the Daily Townsman.
“This is definitely an issue whose time has come,” Larsen said. “But it is very challenging to get all the signatures we need to get on the ballot. We’ve been working on this for several months now, in terms of building support, getting awareness out there. We’ve got a lot of people who are very excited about this and want to make a difference, and we’ll just have to see if we can get over the top and get the 400,000-odd signatures that we need.