The Harm Reduction Club began selling marijuana openly in Vancouver on
October 19, 1997.
“I’m Selling Marijuana!”
October 19 marked another victory for the marijuana anti-prohibitionists in Vancouver. This date was the first day for the Harm Reduction Club, a cannabis buyer’s club in Vancouver. Unlike the well-known club in San Francisco, the HRC does not require a doctor’s prescription to purchase marijuana. Only proof of age showing the buyer is over 13 years old and club membership is required. Setting a good example for other legal drug sellers, club membership includes a promise not to operate “heavy machinery” while impaired.
To start the club off, a large public marijuana sale was held on Commercial Drive. Several hundred people showed up to publicly purchase marijuana, while others smoked, talked, made music, laughed and played in the cold air and warm sunshine. Police attended the event and watched from the perimiter of the park, eventually leaving before the event was over. Many reporters were also on the scene, inlcuding video cameras from the local BCTV and UTV, and the national CBC.
Over a hundred people became members of the club, and during the day
The ad accompanying this article is excerpted from a full page ad that appeared in the
Harm Reduction Club
Free Market Tam-Tam
by David Malmo-Levine, taken from Terminal City.
Free speech. Free music. Cheap pot.
Grandview Park (William & Commercial Drive)
For more info call 253-6357
Pot will be openly sold, but only on and after the 19th, and only to club members.
In 1993, the hemp movement began to remove the shame from “possession” by
Well, it’s now time to do the same thing with “trafficking”. The Harm
Let’s get together and remove the last remaining bits of shame associated
These are the seven goals of the Club.
Any money collected above a living wage will be put towards the seven goals
But if the government continues to arrest us for something that they
That’s right, you heard correctly, free legal advice and defense, a
Join the club.
The club will kick off it’s illegal-yet-noble activities at the “Free
There will be an open microphone, and the club invites anyone who disagrees
If it turns out that someone possesses a compelling reason why we shouldn’t
About the rally: Interstellar Rootcellar, SKAB, Wes and a number of other
Bring Cameras, food, pot etc. to sell (this is, after all, a free market)
The club could end up becoming the path to freedom for many people,
The government is really to blame for this enterprise. They denied us any
The Harm Reduction Club non-transaction info line is 253-6357. Pot will
Almost everybody knows the drugwar is a joke. The real crime is that good,
See you on the 19th.