CANADA: There was plenty of smoke, but ultimately no fire for Sensible B.C.
Campaign organizer Dana Larsen confirmed Sunday that the Citizen’s Initiative for a referendum on decriminalizing marijuana possession has failed ahead of Election B.C.’s Monday deadline.
“We’re not going to make it,” said Larsen. “We’ve very proud of our team of canvassers and what we accomplished. 200,000 signatures is still a remarkable feat.”
Larsen and his team needed to collect the signatures of 10 per cent of registered voters in every single one of B.C.’s 85 electoral districts in a 90-day period for the initiative to be a success.
Organizers had a sense the campaign was failing, but it became clear Sunday that it was doomed as final counts were being tallied.
“We’re not done counting yet and there are last-minute signatures coming in, but it looks like we reached the threshold in about two dozen ridings,” said Larsen.
That’s well shy of the 85 required, though Larsen claims the sheer volume of signatures collected amount to two-thirds of their goal.