Incredible victories for cannabis reform!

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.
I toke and I vote!

In Colorado, possession of up to an ounce has also been legalized, as well as cultivation of up to six plants for personal use. The Colorado state government is now mandated to establish rules for legalized cultivation and sales.

After the winning votes in Washington and Colorado, I was inundated with media calls and interviews about the Sensible BC campaign. We received extensive media coverage and promotion for the idea that BC can also change our cannabis laws.

You can see some of our best articles and video clips here: http://SensibleBC.ca/news

OTHER US ELECTORAL VICTORIES

Along with Colorado and Washington, there were other votes to reform the cannabis laws in the US as well.

Massachusetts voters made their state the 18th one to legalize cannabis for medical purposes. Plus, voters in six Massachusetts districts passed resolutions calling upon the federal government to repeal cannabis prohibition entirely.

In Michigan, voters in four cities voted to stop arresting cannabis users. Grand Rapids voters replaced possible jail time for possession with a fine. In Detroit and Flint, voters removed local criminal penalties for cannabis possession. In Ypsilanti, cannabis possession is now the lowest priority for police.

In the Vermont city of Burlington, 70% of voters supported a resolution calling on the federal government to legalize and regulate cannabis.

Finally, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, a proposal allowing locally regulated cannabis dispensaries received 64% support.

You can read more about the various electoral victories in the US here: http://www.mpp.org/media

PROGRESS IN BC

In BC, the tide continues to turn, as the influential Stop the Violence campaign gains further endorsements and public opinion is moving solidly behind legalization.

Although BC Premier Christy Clark still says that the cannabis laws are solely a federal issue, three prominent Liberal MLAs have come out in favour of legalization.

Kash Heed (MLA Vancouver-Fraserview), Joan McIntyre (MLA Vancouver-Garibaldi) and Kevin Krueger (MLA Kamloops-South Thompson) have all recently denounced prohibition and called for changes to the cannabis laws.

In September, the Union of BC Municipalities voted overwhelmingly to support removing penalties from cannabis possession and launching a study into how cannabis can be legalized.

The Stop the Violence campaign recently released a poll done by Angus Reid, which showed that 75% of British Columbians support legalization of cannabis, with only 21% opposed. Only 14% of people in the province think possession of cannabis should be an offence.

You can read more about the Stop the Violence campaign here: http://StopTheViolenceBC.org

SENSIBLE BC TOUR

The Sensible BC tour has been going well. I have already visited 21 cities and towns across the province since mid-October, and will continue my travels for the next few months.
Join Dana Larsen on the Sensible BC tour!

I am working to spread the word about the Sensible BC campaign, to build our volunteer base around BC, and to register supporters everywhere I go.

Today I am in Dawson Creek, and this is the first chance I have had recently to sit down and write an update about the wonderful things that have been happening over the past while.

Please help us to promote the Sensible BC tour when I come to your region. We have posters you can print out to put up in your neighbourhood, and you can also link to the tour page and promote it online.

You can see all my upcoming tour dates and download promotional materials at http://SensibleBC.ca/tour

Thank you for your support of the Sensible BC campaign!

Together we will make history and bring in some sensible cannabis laws for our province, and then all of Canada.

Dana Larsen
Dana Larsen

Dana Larsen is the author of "Green Buds and Hash" and "Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone" and a well-known Vancouver cannabis activist, businessman and politician. He served ten years as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, is the co-founder of the Vancouver Seed Bank, founder of the Vancouver Dispensary Society, and Vice President of the Canadian Association of Cannabis Dispensaries. Larsen was a founding member of the BC Marijuana Party and the Canadian Marijuana Party. In 2003 he joined the NDP, running as an NDP candidate in 2008. In 2011, he ran for the Leadership of the BC NDP. Larsen is also founder and director of Sensible BC, Canada’s largest grassroots cannabis reform organization.

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  2. Anonymous on

    At the time when, the people in the state of Colorado and Washington are celebrating the fact that marijuana is getting legalized; Canadian federal government coming up with their own new rule. The federal government recently announced its intention to invalidate all personal marijuana-growing licenses in 2014.How shocking is this? We must come together and oppose this development.
    http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/article/marijuana-growers-canada-advanced-nutrients-hydroponics

  3. Anonymous on

    Yes you are write ,Growing medical marijuana is getting legal in CA & WA then why he is behind bar because of medical marijuana dispensary in CA . even Uk government done the same thing with the man wrote a book on growing medical marijuana . Check this news about there are still places where marijuana growers and entrepreneurs are treated as major, dangerous criminals – http://bigbudsmag.com/grow/article/marijuana-legalization-cannabis-marijuana-growing-books

  4. Dana Larsen on

    The Sensible BC initiative is pretty much exactly the same as what passed in Washington.

    Immediate decriminalization of possession, followed by implementing a legally regulated system as soon as possible. That is what has passed in WA and CO.

    Read the legislation here: http://sensiblebc.ca/the-sensible-policing-act/

    BC cannot fully legalize without a change to federal law. We can’t create a legally regulated syste, for growing in BC without a change to federal law.

    Decriminalizing possession is the first step to a sensible cannabis policy in our province.

  5. Anonymous on

    I could not agree with you more on that issue.Larsen and his sensible policing act is trying to shortcircuit a fundamental right that is to grow any plant one wants on this planet.He has his own agenda and I dont trust him.Dana Larsen has been an activist for a long time but all of his gang have been able to do so far in Canada has actually resulted in a hardening of marijuana laws.You call that a trustworthy person ?I say to people keep growing cannabis if it does you any good and never mind dont wait for any person involved in politics to help you in that regard because they wont and their ultimate goal is to sabotage the entire legalization process in Canada in favor of the US.

  6. Anonymous on

    Direct quote from sensiblebc.ca – subsection – THE SENSIBLE POLICING ACT:

    –begin Quote–“This section applies to all police in the province, essentially decriminalizing the simple possession of cannabis in BC.

    It doesn’t impact on any of the laws around trafficking, possession for the purposes of trafficking, or cultivation.”

    –end Quote–

    So what is being promoted here is: We (the government) will allow you to possess it but not grow it. We (the government) will inform you at a later date (or never, our discretion) where your supply is going to come from.

    This is not progress at all. To end prohibition properly two questions must be answered. Can the people have it? Where will they get it from? Giving people “permission” to possess something without providing a legal path to obtain it solves very little.

    Without the inclusion of personal cultivation I will not support this.

    Sincerely,
    A father who grows cannabis as medicine for his severely arthritic daughter.

  7. Anonymous on

    “The Sensible Policing Act will amend the Police Act… by instructing police in British Columbia to spend no time or resources on searching, seizing, detaining or arresting anyone for simple possession of cannabis essentially decriminalizing it.”

    Why are you not also asking for personal growing to be tolerated?

    Not being critical – just wondering.

  8. Anonymous on

    Hey Dana,
    I see you’ve already passed through Terrace (on Nov 6th amusingly enough, lol) but maybe you should get in touch with Bob Erb because no doubt he’d be happy to contribute to the campaign.
    Also, maybe there could be parties (with sliding scale door fee) and raffle ticket draws (with donated prizes such as prime quality bongs and such), around the province, arranged by the activists supporting SensibleBC.
    ~Dove
    http://www.pot.tv/video/2012/11/13/BC-Pot-Activist-Hits-Lottery-Jackpot