Sensible BC Marijuana Decriminalization Campaign Continues

CANNABIS CULTURE - Recent media coverage seems to have confused some people about our plan for the Sensible BC campaign.

We submitted the Sensible Policing Act to Elections BC in September, in order to get approval and to confirm that the legislation was within provincial jurisdiction and suitable for a referendum.

As part of that process, Elections BC started the clock to count down the 90 days where we could collect official signatures.

However, our intent was never to start trying to collect the official signatures right now. Although we know we have enough supporters out there, what we lack right now is the infrastructure and volunteers needed to collect the 400,000 needed signatures within 90 days.

Our plan has always been to build support over the coming year, and then to refile the Sensible Policing Act with Elections BC in September 2013, to start the 90 day clock then, and to get the official signatures at that time.

To save Elections BC some time and effort, we just withdrew our application for a ballot initiative once we had received their approval.

It is a monumental effort to get 400,000 signatures in 90 days. The only way to succeed is to pre-register our supporters and get volunteers trained and in place well in advance.

I have been on tour since October, putting on presentations and registering our supporters as I travel around the province.

I am working to have most of our needed 400,000 supporters pre-registered and thousands of our volunteers in place before we start the official signature campaign next September.

We have been giving out sign-up sheets, getting our volunteers to sign up more supporters, and building our database so that we will be ready to go in September 2013.

The Recall and Initiative Act specifies that the next referendum is schedule for September 2014. So no matter when we collect the signatures, that's when the referendum will be held.

I hope this clarifies our strategy. The Sensible BC campaign is going strong, everything is on track, and I am very pleased with our progress so far.

Thanks for your support!

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Comments

While the States of Colorado

While the States of Colorado and Washington have recently LEGALIZED marijuana,the sensible BC campaign for marijuana does not go far enough in that it wants to PARTIALLY DECRIMINALIZE marijuana.Growing cannabis plants will remain illegal.This is a far cry from what the canadian growers want.
Rather than wasting everyones time including your own on half measures why not go all the way and just legalize it. Is there something in the canadian people genetics that is preventing the legalization ? Arent Canadians as smart as any Coloradans or Washingtonians ? Mr.Larsen does not seem to think so.Hes not going to get my vote for anything.

Any efforts to end

Any efforts to end prohibition that do not include legal personal cultivation will never receive my support. This entire initiative is a back door to more government control. If this initiative succeeds the end result will be: you can now legally possess something you have no legal pathway to obtain. More half measures. More wasting of peoples time. Are you listening Dana? No cultivation inclusion, no support.

we can't make regulations without a change to federal law

Some people have asked why we didn't include personal cultivation into the Sensible Policing Act.

The answer is that we cannot create regulations or limits under provincial jurisdiction. We can only instruct the police to stop enforcement of a given law.

We would not have been able to instruct police to stop enforcement against personal cultivation, just all cultivation. Polls do not show majority support for stopping all enforcement against cultivation without a regulated system in place.

If we can get this to a vote in 2014, then we'll have decriminalization of possession in BC in 2015, and a legalized system put into place in 2016.

Stop complaining about what

Stop complaining about what others are not doing for you. Go out and do something yourself then. Mr Larson is doing much more than you are for the marijuana movement.

a sensible plan

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

it's the same as what passed in WA and CO

In Washington you can now possess up to an ounce of cannabis. That's the only change there for now.

The government there now has a year to figure out how they will open legal cannabis shops. For now, selling and growing cannabis remain against the law there.

Our initiative is the same thing.

The Sensible Policing Act immediately allows adults to possess cannabis without penalties.

Then it sets up a commission to figure out out we will create a fully legally regulated system in our province.

sensiblebc

The thing is I am disabled and have my MMAR but because I live on a Provincial Disability benefits I receive 900.00 a month $650.00 goes to rent 75.00 goes to heat. That leaves me $175.00
for Food,Clothing and transportation. Now with taxation and all I will never be able to afford me cannabis medicine anymore that means I will have to go back to poisons from Big Pharm because the Gov.will pay for this. I am happy a lot of people will not go to jail and that is good.But for me I will no longer be able to afford it.if I could grow then I could but that is not allowed . I go to Compassion Clubs but $10-11 a gram. I need at a minimum 2-3 grams evey day. It Is sad I have smoked for 51 years and it looks like I can not use it anymore.
anyways Good luck with you cause

Stop whining

Stop complaining about what others are not doing for you. Go out and do something yourself then. Mr Larson is doing much more than you are for the marijuana movement.

Excuse me its not I want to

Excuse me its not I want to be mean or anything but the more I think about your decriminalization campaign in BC and the more I think about colorado and washington states legalization of marijuana and the less I think it makes sense to continue a campaign thats already 'dépassée or out of date already.

it's the same thing

In Washington you can now possess up to an ounce of cannabis. That's the only change there for now.

The government there now has a year to figure out how they will open legal cannabis shops. For now, selling and growing cannabis remain against the law there.

Our initiative is the same thing.

The Sensible Policing Act immediately allows adults to possess cannabis without penalties.

Then it sets up a commission to figure out out we will create a fully legally regulated system in our province.

Decriminalizing is not the

Decriminalizing is not the solution unfortunately. It does not address the key issues which have made the war on drugs a failure, which is the black market which includes organized crime groups whether it be cartels, biker gangs, mafias, or anything in between.

Most of the general public does not know the difference between full legalization and decriminalization . Decrim would simply impose fines instead of jail time, meanwhile organized crime keeps doing its thing. Legalizing would mean taxing, and regulating cannabis, much like tobacco and alcohol. Tax dollars that can be put back into public services(schools,roads, hospitals, etc,etc)

According to the recent survey's most Canadian's support some form of legalization, or decriminalization. So if the goal is 2014, I think it gives more than enough time for people to get on board with legalization,especially with Colorado having a good set of MMJ guidelines implemented which can now be used as a template for legalization.

If anonymous above is who i

If anonymous above is who i think it is, the judges never let you grow your own plants all those years back and that was still a victory of sorts. What you do not want is to ask for something that might not pass. That sends out a poor message so proper wording for a win is the way to go. Take what you think you can get. Everything else would begin to fall under the momentum of that. Go for it Dana. This was on the cards for years now. It's long overdue and a good chance, I for one am glad you are taking this on Dana. Nothing is stopping someone attempting the same kind of thing but slightly different, rather than detract from it or complain about this or that, go start one up. Not all laws or measures will make everyone happy.

If anonymous above is who i

If anonymous above is who i think it is, the judges never let you grow your own plants all those years back and that was still a victory of sorts. What you do not want is to ask for something that might not pass. That sends out a poor message so proper wording for a win is the way to go. Take what you think you can get. Everything else would begin to fall under the momentum of that. Go for it Dana. This was on the cards for years now. It's long overdue and a good chance, I for one am glad you are taking this on Dana. Nothing is stopping someone attempting the same kind of thing but slightly different, rather than detract from it or complain about this or that, go start one up. Not all laws or measures will make everyone happy.

It can get passed

I'd prefer no tax and regulate as we're already screwed enough by the govt but in all reality politics is the art of the possible and I doubt the govt will ever miss a chance to get their greedy fingers on every last nickle so I say Go Dana!! I with ya bro...

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