BC’s Hemp Friendly Mayor
Hemp Advocate Brian Taylor takes over City Hall
by Dana Larsen
Brian Taylor. . .hemp activist
Brian is an active member of the Granby Hemp Co-op, which unsuccessfully applied for a hemp cultivation license in both 1995 and 1996.
When he learned that the co-op had been denied a license in 1995, Brian decided to grow some hemp on his own. He planted a crop on his lawn in the shape of the word “hemp,” and sent samples to the RCMP and Ministry of Health. He was arrested in July 1995, his preliminary hearing was in August of this year, but Brian’s not sure if the crown will now want to proceed with the charges, especially since he clearly has the support of his community.
Brian explained to me that the Russian Doukhabor community makes up about a third of Grand Forks’ population, and that they grew hemp in Russia and brought it to Canada with them. The local historical grist mill even has a hemp and flax seed press. “People in Grand Forks know about hemp,” Brian said, “and see it as an important component of their economic recovery.”
Brian decided that it might help his chances at electoral success if he trimmed his flowing locks, so he got a short haircut, but refused to stop wearing beads. Whatever his strategy it obviously worked, as he took 75% of the vote, with a high voter turnout of 70%. Only one member of the city council kept her seat, the rest of the incumbents being replaced by newcomers. This is the voice of a community clearly ready for change.
Brian Taylor. . .mayor
I asked Brian about his intentions as Mayor of Grand Forks, and this is what he told me:
fax (250) 442-8000; Box 220, 420 Market Ave, Grand Forks, BC V0H 1H0.
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