Pot Activist Sees ‘Beginning Of The End’ For Prohibition

Apr 27, 2013

4/20.  New num­bers released ahead of yearly smoke-out in city show major­ity warm­ing to mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion in B.C. There will be more than just a pun­gent aroma waft­ing over the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery at Saturday’s annual 4/20 protest. Activists say a new wave of opti­mism has been lit under them by more polls show­ing over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port for mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion in B.C. “I feel like we’re at the begin­ning of the end of cannabis pro­hi­bi­tion now,” said long­time pot cam­paigner Dana Larsen, refer­ring to the Novem­ber ref­er­en­dums in Wash­ing­ton and Col­orado that saw adult recre­ational use legal­ized. “I’ve been involved in this for 20 years and peo­ple have often said, ‘Oh, it’s just around the cor­ner, they’re going to legal­ize it any day now.’ And I’ve always thought, ‘No, it’s going to be within my life­time if I’m lucky,’ but …  I feel like there’s a path­way now to decrim­i­nal­iza­tion for us in the province that didn’t exist before.” Larsen will be on the main stage at Saturday’s annual smoke-out, encour­ag­ing 15,000 to 20,000 gig­gling, redeyed rev­ellers to get involved in his Sen­si­ble BC cam­paign, which aims to spur a provin­cial ref­er­en­dum in Sep­tem­ber 2014. An Angus Reid poll released Thurs­day found 73 per cent of British Columbians sup­port a pro­posed research trial to eval­u­ate whether the tax­a­tion and strict reg­u­la­tion of adult mar­i­juana use could reduce prof­its to orga­nized crime and bet­ter pre­vent youth access. Another poll released this week, com­mis­sioned by Sen­si­ble BC, shows more than 70 per cent sup­port for decrim­i­nal­iz­ing pos­ses­sion and urg­ing the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to give B.C.  the right to legal­ize the drug. Larsen says he has more than 1,000 vol­un­teers, 20,000 peo­ple pre-registered to sign his ref­er­en­dum peti­tion this fall, and robo­calls sched­uled to go out to every land-line num­ber in the province start­ing this week, offer­ing the option to pre-register for the peti­tion. Source: Metro (Van­cou­ver, CN BC) Copy­right: 2013 Metro Canada Con­tact: vancouverletters@​metronews.​ca Web­site: http://​www​.metronews​.ca/​v​a​n​c​o​u​ver Author: Kate Webb

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