Organizers of a campaign aimed at decriminalizing pot will be blitzing B.C. this summer, turning up at public gatherings to sign up donors and volunteers.
“British Columbians can expect to hear and see Sensible B.C. on a regular basis,” says Dana Larsen, director of the group set up last year to promote a referendum campaign on marijuana.
Governments had better take note because B.C. is place where people power packs a punch, where a 2011 referendum campaign killed the Harmonized Sales Tax. It’s also the location of Insite, the first supervised injection centre in Canada, which is broadly supported by an open-minded, caring community.
It’s not a long shot to imagine that British Columbians, fed up with the side-effects of an illegal and untaxed pot industry, would vote to support regulation of cannabis cultivation, distribution and use.
A Senate committee back in 2003 estimated B.C.’s pot industry to be worth $6 billion — a sum that would reap considerable tax revenues.
Sensible B.C. aims to gather signatures from 400,000 supporters, representing 10 per cent of registered voters in every electoral district, within a 90-day period between September and November.
That’s what’s needed to trigger a B.C. referendum, which Sensible B.C. proposes in 2014.
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