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Dana Larsen

Director of Sensible BC, the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary and Overgrow Canada

Dana Larsen serves as Director of the Medicinal Cannabis Dispensary, the Sensible BC Campaign for Marijuana Reform, and the Overgrow Canada five million cannabis seed giveaway.

Dana Larsen is also author of books including The Illustrated History of Cannabis in Canada, Hairy Pothead and the Marijuana Stone, The Pie-Eyed Piper, and Green Buds and Hash.
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It's Time To End Vancouver's Wasteful War On Weed For Good

While newspapers fall over themselves to be scandalized by 100 grand going towards policing 4/20 once a year, they are silent about the much bigger expense of fighting the pointless war against cannabis. The fact is that Vancouver's cannabis activists have saved the city many millions of dollars over the years.
06/02/2017 11:12 EDT
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People Will Die From Cannabis Dispensary Raids

Two major studies in the US have found that the states which have cannabis dispensaries have much lower rates of opioid use and deaths. This makes sense, because cannabis is often used as a pain reliever, just like opioids are. When people have easy access to a safer pain-reliever, cannabis, they are less likely to use the more risky one, opioids.
03/16/2017 08:55 EDT
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Trudeau Has Overseen Over 56,000 Pot Possession Arrests

Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, I estimate that there have been over 56,000 "police reported incidents" of cannabis possession in Canada. Note that these are not cases where people are being arrested for a more serious crime, and the police also find a joint in their pocket. These are "federal statute incidents reported by police, by most serious offence." So in all these "incidents," cannabis possession was the most serious "crime" being committed.
02/23/2017 09:41 EST
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Put An End To Racially Biased Arrests For Pot Possession

In Nunavut and the North West Territories, about one per cent of the population gets arrested for a cannabis offence every year. That is an astoundingly high rate of arrests, especially when compared with cities like Vancouver, where such arrests are very rare. So, why continue to criminalize possession in some parts of the country and not others?
03/09/2016 12:13 EST
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The 8 Ways Canada Can Legalize Marijuana

Ending cannabis prohibition must also make right the mistakes of the past. When we legalize cannabis we must not forget those who are still in jail now for cannabis, or the many Canadians with cannabis criminal records. We want a quick and easy process for Canadians to apply to have their cannabis criminal records expunged.
03/02/2016 11:56 EST
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Canada's Lawyers and Judges Need To Brush Up On Marijuana Laws

Instead of being laughed off as a silly mistake, this deserves serious scrutiny. Where there is one mistake caught only by a fluke, there are probably many more that didn't get noticed. Harper's cannabis crackdown means that our courts are steadily processing more and more small-time cannabis cases. As these cases clog the system, judges will find themselves even more pressed to deal with them quickly, and be paying even less attention to the specific details in each case. These kinds of sentencing mistakes will only happen more often.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST