Eight Ways to Help Decriminalize Marijuana in British Columbia

CANNABIS CULTURE – Here are eight things you can do to become part of the Sensible BC team to decriminalize marijuana in British Columbia.

1 – Register Supporters

The goal of our campaign right now is to register our supporters all across BC. This will make it much easier to collect their signatures again during the official signature gathering period of September to November.

Anyone can register online at our website. More importantly, you can download this form, and register your family, friends, neighbours and co-workers who support changing the cannabis laws.

Once you have the collected their information, send in the form to us at the address on the bottom.

Registering your friends and co-workers in this way is one of the most important things you can do to support the Sensible BC campaign.

For more advice and assistance in registering supporters, follow this link.

2 – Become a District Organizer

During the official signature gathering period this September to November, we will need to collect signatures from 10% of the registered voters in every single one of BC’s 85 electoral districts.

We are seeking a few main people in each district who will take on the role of being the main organizers for their communities over the coming year.

The District Organizers will be responsible for helping to find and motivate other volunteers in their area. They will be our main contacts in their region, and we will send the District Organizers campaign materials like posters, flyers and buttons, which they can distribute to other local volunteers.

We will be posting contact information for the District Organizers on our website, like this page for example, so that people in your area will be able to get in touch with you.

If you’d like to be a District Organizer, please email me at [email protected] and let me know more about yourself.

3 – Talk to Your Politicians

One important thing that everyone should do is make an appointment to meet with your local BC MLA.

It’s easy to find your local MLA and how to contact them at this link.

You can send them an email, write them a letter or give them a phone call. But the very best thing is to make an appointment to see your MLA in person.

Be friendly and polite, explain to them why you want them to support the Sensible Policing Act to decriminalize cannabis possession in our province.

It doesn’t matter which party your MLA is from. This is a non-partisan issue, elected MLAs from both the BC Liberals and BC NDP have come out in favour of decriminalization or legalization of cannabis.

Once you’ve had a meeting with your MLA, send us an email at [email protected] and let us know how your meeting went!

4 – Help Out at Our Office

If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, are able to commute, and have some time to spare, then please consider volunteering at our office.

We need help with entering data, making phone calls and general office work.

Our office is located in the Dominion Building, at Hastings and Cambie in Vancouver.

Contact [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer to spend some time helping out in our office.

5 – Join Our Canvassing Team

Make some friends, learn some new skills and join our canvassing team.

We have professional canvassers who will lead you and your team in going door to door to register supporters.

Right now we are training canvassers mainly in Vancouver. However, over the coming months we will be sending our canvassing team across the province.

If you’d like to volunteer to join a canvassing team, working with others to go door to door, registering supporters for Sensible BC, then please email [email protected]

6 – Become an Online Activist

Our online presence is steadily growing, but now we need to bring it to the next level and expand our reach in social media.

We have a selection of banner ads and fun graphics online here, that you can put on your website and post online.

Please be sure to ‘like’ our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/sensiblebc, and get your online friends to also give us a like.

Also follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/sensiblebc.

Plus we’re on Google+ too!

Please repost our stuff, share our links and promote us online.

We are also setting up Facebook pages for each District, which we’ll need help in updating and posting local stories and events.

7 – Donate Your Skills and Supplies

If you have a special skill or access to special equipment, think about how you can put it to use in the campaign.

If you have experience in campaigning, organizing or putting on events, then consider volunteering those skills to our campaign.

If you’re an artist or designer, consider making some graphics, banners or memes for the campaign.

If you’re a musician, think about writing a song to help spread the word.

If you have access to supplies, or can get us discounts on things like printing, t-shirts, buttons or advertising, please let us know.

If you own or know of a local business that would be willing to display our materials or otherwise support the campaign, please talk to them and let us know.

8 – Donate Money

This campaign is expected to cost a lot of money, as we will be paying for things like printing, shipping, transportation, promotions, hall rentals and some full-time staff.

There’s many ways to donate, including credit card, paypal, email money transfer and cheques.

The best way to donate is with a monthly pledge, to commit to a fixed amount every month for the next 10 months. That way you can spread out your donation and we are able to rely on your ongoing support.

You can make donations online here.

Donations are not tax-deductible.

Any Questions?

If you have further questions or want to find out more about the campaign, don’t hesitate to contact me, or our campaign coordinator Nicole at [email protected]

We have a lot of organizing and work to do over the coming nine months.

With your help, we will make history, and force our province to have a referendum on changing the cannabis laws!

Together we will decriminalize cannabis in our province, and then all across Canada!

Thank you for being part of the Sensible BC team.

Comments

2 Comments

  1. Bud Grinder on

    Dana, they’ve still got you believing that you can change the system from within by playing their game their way. That’s where you’re not getting it. Their game is RIGGED to favour them and that’s how they keep us down.

    The only way these things get changed is by resistance and defiance. Stand up to defend yourselves when attacked by the thugs. Make them work for every inch.

    Protest — Resist — Defy — Obstruct! Every day and every lawful way that you can.

  2. Sparkky McPuff on

    It is my understanding that current scientific studies have found that cannabis treats and in some cases helps eliminate cancer symptoms from the human body.

    In your opinion, what makes you feel like anyone has the right to, in any way, restrict access to a substance that the human race has been searching for for centuries, especially one that has been previously banned by governments around the globe for racist ideals and anti competition goals?

    Please explain in exhaustive detail why the government would even consider making this substance prohibitively expensive to most consumers (with the new proposed medical marihuana production regulations), that again current science has concluded that there is no quantitative lethal dose, toxic amount, or is otherwise destructive to the health of the individual that uses this substance.

    Cannabis can be grown in a safe, sanitary environment, kept free from moulds and pathogens, for around $660 per kilogram. With the associated costs regarding record keeping and packaging and security requirements the government has come up with a figure that resembles $10000 per kilogram when delivered to the consumer. This is inline with the prices that the black market is eliciting currently and is, in most cases in canada, even more expensive. This regulating body has come up with an ideal situation that will allow the profits from a few companies that produce cannabis to run wild. This type of activity is abhorrent, unconscionable, and down right destructive to a free and democratic society.

    I understand that the medical industry would lose a portion of their profits if numerous individuals were to choose cannabis treatment over traditional western medical practices. But does that mean that people should suffer and continue to pay ridiculous amounts of hard earned money, go into debt, and squander their savings to a naturally occurring medicine, when they can, just as easily as growing tomatoes, grow their own cannabis in their own garden for relatively nothing, to save they’re own lives?

    The individuals that have come up with the document
    “Vol. 146, No. 50 — December 15, 2012
    Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations” in the Canada gazette have completely dropped the ball on determining what should be done about controlling cannabis. Cannabis has not been put on this earth to make certain individuals or agencies richer but to enrich the lives of all of the habitants of the earth. Sounds dumb but its true. The worst part about cannabis currently are the laws surrounding it and no law regarding cannabis can possibly make sense.

    Maybe the easiest way to curb the black market of the production of cannabis would be to eliminate controls of cannabis completely and forever. If anyone can produce it then there would be no money to be made and the moneys that would have been spent on $10000 kilograms of cannabis can stay in the hands of the consumer to be free to enjoy on other consumer products or in RSP’s, bolstering the economy and saving the government billions upon billions upon billions of dollars over the course of a generation.

    The charts in the aforementioned document were very well established and articulated regarding the cost benefits of the new proposed system. However, by deregulating cannabis now and for the future, you will see an increased economy of unfathomable proportions as new technologies, products and services will be made available to the general public.

    As for the safety of the individuals that use cannabis and their actions think about it like this, if you took a barroom full of patrons and gave them free alcohol, they would each consume as much liquor that they could, until they’re bodies shut them down by either vomiting or passing out. If they continue to drink they risk alcohol poisoning and death. Not to mention that they have put additional strain on their organs specifically they’re liver. If you want to see an example just look at any nightclub on the weekends that are filled with 18 and 19 year olds with mom and dads allowances.

    Now take a barroom full of cannabis users that are given free marihuana. They might consume cannabis for an hour or two before they decide to leave the bar, grab some food and enjoy a movie while peacefully drifting off to sleep. A healthy restful sleep unlike the one derived from drinking too much alcohol. All while producing negligible harmful effects to the human body, comparatively speaking.

    It is time for Canada to STOP taxing the sick and dying, stop looking for a way to generate taxes on everything especially a medicine. No added cost above the price of production, packaging, and simple delivery should be passed on to the consumer/patient.

    Please urge your representative to rethink this unworkable strategy that does absolutely nothing to curb black market trafficking of cannabis, and may actually make the violence and societal destruction even worse due to less production sites and hardcore criminal elements taking the industry back from the hundreds of mom and pop medical pot producer (the safest of illicit suppliers). It is time for Canada to make a positive change and rescind the obligations of international treaties that Canada volunteered to abide by regarding cannabis. They are useless for the furtherance of the human race in respect to love and compassion. And by the way, cannabis is NOT a narcotic.

    Let me ask just this one more question. What if you, or your parents, or what if your child was struck with cancer, what if they were in excruciating pain, they couldn’t eat or sleep, and they were wasting away, death on their doorstep, one foot in the grave? What if there was a product that at minimum could ease just some of that pain, and at best, bring them back to life and cure what ails them? What if I told you that theoretically you could acquire this product at little to no cost, that you could produce it yourself and not rely on government agencies that force their rules upon the sick and dying by way of the police forces of this country? What if you could use this substance as a preventative measure to keep cancer and other diseases at bay? Would you not do everything in your power to provide this medicine to them? What if because of ridiculous rules you could not afford it?

    Yes there may be a demand for super hygienic cannabis, but at up to $88 per day or more for some patients, a set of rules that would not help curb violent gangs from leading the cannabis economy is a waste of billions of dollars. Not just taxpayers but the medical users and recreational users as well. If cannabis was not held hostage by the government then you could provide that medicine for $0.66 per gram. Less than 7.5% the cost that the government is proposing.

    Proper education of good growing practices and procedures, electrical set ups by qualified electricians could curb most, if not all, dangers associated with home grows. No need for security requirements if the plant is freed. Packaging and label requirements would be minimal.

    The need to inform local authorities would not need to be done. Record keeping would be for personal use only. Communities would be safer. Police would be able to concentrate their efforts to stop violent offenders from terrorizing the citizens, and move away from terrorizing the sick with swat teams raiding dispensaries and patients homes in a search for clandestine operations.

    It’s time for Canada to take a lead role on this planet and allow its citizens to freely grow and consume an organic alternative to chemicals that is being forced down out throats because there is NO alternative to pharmaceuticals available with any substantial effect in curing or treating pain without life altering side effects. Take morphine for instance. At high doses coma, seizures, death. Not to mention side effect of normal dosages. Itching, sedation, addiction. Just switching from opiates to cannabis will save millions of dollars due to decreases in crime rate of addicts looking for a fix and millions of dollars more in not having to treat addiction.

    I strongly recommend that you look into the benefits of cannabis. And see for yourself if the benefits outweigh the risks.

    Thank you for reading. Please respond in writing me an email to all my questions in their entirety.

    Sincerely,

    Sparkky McPuff