In the small back courtyard of his marijuana dispensary on East Hastings Street, Dana Larsen, a well-known pot activist, talks candidly about a subject he knows well: B.C. bud.
No one has been seriously injured
April 20, 2013. The air around the Vancouver Art Gallery is thick with pot smoke.
I often get asked about what I mean when I say that our Sensible BC campaign wants to "decriminalize" cannabis in BC. Some people tell me they don't like the idea of decriminalizing, and that we must legalize cannabis instead. Other people say they don't want legalization, and will only support a decriminalized model. Some people think that "decriminalization" means that people in possession of cannabis will still get a punishment, like a ticket or fine.
The Sensible BC campaign has been getting some of the amazing media coverage over the past few weeks! This month alone, Sensible BC has been covered in over 40 newspaper articles, as well as many stories on the radio and TV. We've even been covered in newspapers in Norwegian and Chinese! You can see most of our media coverage at http://SensibleBC.ca/news All of the stories have been supportive and friendly to our campaign. Indeed, we've had several high-profile endorsements!
By now you've heard about the amazing victories in Washington and Colorado, two states which voted to legalize cannabis at the state level on November 6. In Washington, possession of up to an ounce of cannabis will become legal on December 6 when the law comes into force. Prosecutors have already begun dropping hundreds of possession charges across the state. Washington state officials now have one year to figure out how to set up a state-run network of cannabis shops that will sell the herb to adults.
If you live in BC, and have ever been charged with cannabis possession, or faced police action because of simple cannabis possession, please contact SFU Criminology professor Neil Boyd at [email protected] As part of the Sensible BC campaign, we are conducting research into the costs and outcomes of enforcing the marijuana possession laws in BC. All your information will be kept confidential unless you agree otherwise.
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