General News · 11th January 2013
Dana Larsen is touring Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to promote the Sensible BC decriminalization campaign.
Dana Larsen, former candidate for the leadership of the BC NDP, is coming to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast to promote the Sensible Policing Act, which would effectively decriminalize cannabis possession in the province.
Larsen will be speaking to supporters on Cortes Island Friday January 18 from 7:00pm-8:30pm at Manson's Community Hall (983 Beasley, Cortes Island).
"The Sensible Policing Act directs all police in BC to stop spending any time or resources on searching, seizing or arresting anyone for simple cannabis possession," explained Larsen, who works as Director of the Vancouver Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary. "The lawyers at Elections BC have confirmed that this legislation is within provincial jurisdiction and suitable for a referendum."
Larsen is leading the Sensible BC campaign to have a referendum on the Sensible Policing Act, putting volunteers in place to collect the official signatures needed from September to November of 2013. He's been on tour to over three dozen cities and towns across BC since October last year.
"Our campaign has already been endorsed by the Vancouver Sun, Black Press and many other columnists and public figures," said Larsen. "We've been building fabulous momentum."
"There's no reason we cannot decriminalize possession in our province," continued Larsen. "In 2003, BC joined seven other provinces in refusing to enforce the Long Gun Registry. At that time, Attorneys General said they didn't want to bother with otherwise law-abiding citizens who were in possession of an unregistered long gun. We're asking for the same sensible perspective when it comes to people in possession of cannabis."
The recent votes to legalize cannabis in the US states of Washington and Colorado has given the Sensible BC campaign a solid boost.
"Across Washington, thousands of charges for simple possession are being dropped," explained Larsen, "saving taxpayers millions of dollars while also unclogging the justice system. Yet here in BC we're seeing possession charges skyrocket. If trends continue, 2013 will be another record-breaking year, with over 4000 pot possession charges being laid across BC. It's time for a more sensible approach."
"Our main challenge is organizational," concluded Larsen. "We need to have thousands of dedicated volunteers working all across the province for this campaign to succeed. Anyone who wants to help should come to our event, or visit us online to find out more."
UPCOMING SENSIBLE BC TOUR DATES
Tue, Jan 15: Sidney
Wed, Jan 16: Metchosin
Thu, Jan 17: Quadra Island
Fri, Jan 18: Cortes Island
Sat, Jan 19: Port Hardy
Sun, Jan 20: Port McNeil
Mon, Jan 21: Campbell River
Tue, Jan 22: Ucluelet
Wed, Jan 23: University of Victoria
Thu, Jan 24: Powell River
Fri, Jan 25: Roberts Creek