Sensible BC director Dana Larsen is embarking on a whirlwind tour of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, visiting 15 towns in six days to promote the campaign for a marijuana referendum.
“We need volunteers and canvassers in every community,” Larsen said. “My goal is to meet local supporters and register them as canvassers so they can collect signatures this fall.”
Larsen has prepared legislation called The Sensible Policing Act, which would effectively decriminalize marijuana by stopping B.C. police from making searches or arrests for simple possession. The law also calls upon the federal government to repeal marijuana prohibition, so B.C. can legally regulate its cultivation and sale.
The proposed law has been accepted by Elections B.C., and Larsen will have 90 days to collect signatures from 10 per cent of the registered voters in every electoral district, beginning Sept. 9. These 400,000 signatures can only be collected by people who have first registered as a canvasser.
“It’s easy to register as a canvasser,” Larsen said. “It just takes two minutes to fill out the form for Elections B.C. I bring the forms with me, but people can also easily do it online. We will need at least 5,000 canvassers to have a good chance of success. If you’ve always dreamed of legalization, this is your chance to help make history.”
Larsen will travel throughout Vancouver Island this weekend and makes his lone stop on the Lower Sunshine Coast in Sechelt on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. at Wheatberries Bakery on Wharf Road. He will be in Powell River Tuesday morning.