Marijuana referendum campaign comes to Abbotsford

Director of Sensible BC will be at the Clearbrook Library Wednesday evening

  • Jul. 23, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Dana Larsen of Sensible BC.

Dana Larsen of Sensible BC.

Sensible BC Director Dana Larsen will be in Abbotsford Wednesday evening, as part of a provincial tour to promote the marijuana referendum campaign.

Larsen will speak at the Abbotsford Clearbrook Library, 43430 George Ferguson Way, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Sensible BC is a marijuana advocacy group that is working to decriminalize the simple possession of cannabis in B.C. through through the Sensible Policing Act.

Elections BC has given approval in principle to the act, proposed by Larsen, which would disallow the use of B.C. police resources to prosecute simple possession of small amounts of pot by adults.

Sensible BC is working to register canvassers before the 90-day signature-gathering period begins on Sept. 9. If canvassers can collect signatures from 10 per cent of registered voters in every electoral district, the Sensible Policing Act will be put to a referendum in 2014.

“Our polling shows over 70 per cent support in BC for the provisions of the Sensible Policing Act,” said Larsen, adding the the group will need volunteers in order to collect the signatures necessary for the referendum.

If the amount of votes necessary was reached, Elections BC would hold a province-wide initiative vote, likely by mail as was done to repeal the Harmonized Sales Tax.