The petition drive to legalise marijuana in British Columbia starts on Monday.
This is going to be a 90-day petition drive for the enforcement of the legalisation of simple pot possession in B.C. Dana Larsen led Sensible B.C. volunteers to start the campaign to collect over 400,000 signatures before Dec 5, 2013. Mr Larsen has been an advocate for drug legalisation for a long time.
YouTube/Sensible BC The petition drive to legalise marijuana in British Columbia starts on Monday.
The petition drive follows the same law that was used to cancel the harmonised sales tax. The province-wide ballot requires at least 10 per cent registered voters from 85 electoral districts of B.C. to support the petition.
On the contrary, the people of B.C. seem to be giving a cold shoulder to Mr Larsen's proposal of disallowing the police to prosecute for simple pot possession. There was hardly any support from the mass when Mr Larsen voiced his pro-pot pitch. Even though several prominent personalities have been articulate enough for the legalisation of marijuana, people like Ujjal Dosanjh, Geoff Plant, Larry Campbell and Kash Heed are flaunting a strange silence when there is an actual campaign going on.
Mr Cambell told The Huffington Post that he did not find the proposal of decriminalisation sensible enough. He argued that a wrong message would be sent through decriminalisation to teens who use it and to gangs who are in the business of growing and selling marijuana on the street. On the contrary, he felt that marijuana should be legalised, controlled and taxed heavily. The money collected from it should be used for health care.
The campaign for the decriminalisation will mean that there is not going to any criminal charges for producing, distributing or possessing marijuana. Legalisation will also mean that there is going to be strict taxation and regulation for the drug, just like alcohol or tobacco.
Former Attorney-General Geoff Plant is not pretty optimistic about the chances of the success of the Sensible BC petition. However, Mr Larsen seems to be all set with 1,300 canvassers to work hard on collecting the signatures. He said that he never planned to impress the pessimists. His campaign is for the B.C. people and not for the politicians, he said.