Marijuana referendum tour coming to Fort

The campaign to decriminalize marijuana is coming to Fort St. James on August 11, with an event at the St. James Restaurant at 3 p.m.

  • Aug. 9, 2013 2:00 p.m.

The campaign to decriminalize marijuana is coming to Fort St. James on August 11, with an event at the St. James Restaurant at 3 p.m.

There will also be an event in Vanderhoof the same day at A&W Restaurant at 5:30 p.m.

The Sensible B.C. tour will be hitting 32 towns in the interior of the province over 12 days in August to promote a referendum on marijuana decriminalization.

The tour will be headed by Sensible B.C. leader Dana Larsen.

“We need volunteers and canvassers in every community,” said Larsen. “My goal is to meet local supporters and register them as canvassers so they can collect signatures this fall.”

Larsen has prepared legislation called The Sensible Policing Act, which would effectively decriminalize marijuana by stopping B.C. police from making searches or arrests for simple possession. The law also calls upon the federal government to repeal marijuana prohibition, so that B.C. can legally regulate its cultivation and sale.

The proposed law has been accepted by Elections B.C., and Larsen will have 90 days to collect signatures from 1o per cent of the registered voters in every electoral district, beginning September 9.

These 400,000 signatures can only be collected by people who have first registered as a canvasser.

“It’s easy to register as a canvasser,” said Larsen. “It just takes two minutes to fill out the form for Elections B.C.. I bring the forms with me, but people can also easily do it online. We will need at least 5,000 canvassers to have a good chance of success. If you’ve always dreamed of legalization, this is your chance to help make history!”

See all 32 Interior tour dates here: http://tinyurl.com/sensitour

 

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