New Pot Prescribing Standards For B.C. Doctors

CANADA:  The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons is looking to weed out the so called ‘pot docs’ by putting in place new standards when it comes to prescribing medical marijuana.

The new rules could make accessing the drug at Vancouver’s more than 80 dispensaries more difficult. The new rules look to keep doctors from prescribing to people under the age of 25. They also forbid doctors from charging patients for marijuana-related medical documents.

Now doctors prescribing the drug must either be, or have the approval of, a patient’s primary physician.

Dana Larson, from Sensible BC, says “I know a lot of people, under 25, who are prescribed Ritalin, who are prescribed opiate pain relievers, other medicines like that, that are far more addictive and far more potentially harmful to the brain and body than cannabis is.”

Sensible B.C.’s Campaign For Marijuana Referendum Fails

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.

 

Pro-Marijuana Campaign Falls Short, But Sensible B.C. Head Says The War Isn’t Over

CANADA:  He admits he’s lost this pot battle, but Dana Larsen is still convinced the decriminalize-marijuana war will be won in B.C.

For 90 days Larsen and his Sensible B.C. canvassers have been asking British Columbians to sign on to have B.C.’s marijuana laws put to a referendum — and more than 200,000 have done so.

But it’s back to the drawing board for the pro-marijuana crowd, as even that hefty number fell short of the rigorous standard that only the Fight HST campaign has attained here in B.C.

“We haven’t given up on this,” Larsen told The Province as he prepared to present “somewhere between 200,000 and 220,000” names on a petition to Elections B.C. on Monday — Day 90, the final day of the campaign.

“We’ve tripled our volunteer base during this campaign. We’ve created a lot of momentum for the next time.”

 

Pro-Marijuana Campaign Falls Short, But Sensible B.C. Head Says The War Isn’t Over

CANADA:  He admits he’s lost this pot battle, but Dana Larsen is still convinced the decriminalize-marijuana war will be won in B.C.

For 90 days Larsen and his Sensible B.C. canvassers have been asking British Columbians to sign on to have B.C.’s marijuana laws put to a referendum — and more than 200,000 have done so.

But it’s back to the drawing board for the pro-marijuana crowd, as even that hefty number fell short of the rigorous standard that only the Fight HST campaign has attained here in B.C.

“We haven’t given up on this,” Larsen told The Province as he prepared to present “somewhere between 200,000 and 220,000” names on a petition to Elections B.C. on Monday — Day 90, the final day of the campaign.

“We’ve tripled our volunteer base during this campaign. We’ve created a lot of momentum for the next time.”

 

Sensible BC Gaining Momentum

CANADA:  Sensible BC‘s Dec. 5 deadline is rapidly approaching and the number of signatures collected this month in the West Vancouver-Sea to Sky riding — as well as the rest of the province — has been very encouraging for the campaign’s organizers.

“There’s been tremendous momentum,” said Mark Vaughan, lead organizer for the riding.

“It took a while to get information out there to get enough canvassers. A lot of people signed up early then they were out of town or were unable to be contacted for numerous reasons. There was a lot of chasing down non-existent leads early on. Now, as we get more events happening, more people are aware and every day I’m getting a list of 70 to 80 new canvassers in B.C. We’ll probably see more signatures in this last month than we’ve seen to date.” [Read more…]