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Dana Larsen has been involved in cannabis law reform for over two decades. He has served as editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine, was a co-founder of the BC Marijuana Party and co-founder of the Vancouver Seed Bank. He is also a former candidate for the leadership of B.C.'s New Democratic Party, and founder of an NDP group called End Prohibition.

Currently, he is the director of the Sensible BC campaign for a marijuana referendum.

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Trudeau Has Overseen Over 56,000 Pot Possession Arrests

(113) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 9:40 AM

Since Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, I estimate that there have been over 56,000 "police reported incidents" of cannabis possession in Canada.

"Police reported incidents" is a term used by Statistics Canada, and is essentially synonymous with "arrests" in practical terms. Police virtually never file a report if there is...

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Vancouverites Clearly Don't Support Expensive Dispensary Crackdown

(12) Comments | Posted June 20, 2016 | 3:57 PM

Last year, Vision Vancouver passed bylaws to govern medical cannabis dispensaries in the city. The bylaws have four main aspects.

(1) Keep dispensaries twice the distance from schools as liquor stores.
(2) Prohibit dispensaries from allowing cannabis use on the premises.
(3) Prohibit dispensaries from selling edible cannabis...

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Don't Wait To Overgrow Canada's Unjust Marijuana Laws

(44) Comments | Posted March 16, 2016 | 1:15 PM

As Canada moves towards legalization, it's good to remember how we got here. It is civil disobedience against the unjust pot prohibition laws that has gotten us to the verge of legalization. We must keep up that momentum as we enter into the final stretch of our cannabis campaign.

This...

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Put An End To Racially Biased Arrests For Pot Possession

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 12:13 PM

There have been more than 22,400 arrests for cannabis possession in Canada since Trudeau became prime minister.

I derive that number from the last reported rate of cannabis possession arrests in Canada -- 160 per day, or one every nine minutes.

There is no indication that the...

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The 8 Ways Canada Can Legalize Marijuana

(92) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 11:57 AM

The Canadian cannabis community has launched a formal "Parliamentary e-petition" which outlines an eight-point path for legalization. Main points include an immediate end to cannabis arrests, including personal cultivation within legalization, and allowing Canadian farmers to harvest cannabis resin.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has sponsored the petition, and we...

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Vancouver Should Embrace Its Growing Cannabis Celebration

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2016 | 9:48 AM

Vancouver's annual April 20 cannabis celebration is a peaceful, progressive event that embodies the city's ideals of tolerance and diversity. Vancouver citizens and city hall should embrace 420 and join in the celebration.

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420 is a Vancouver institution

What started with a handful of...

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Don't Let Those Who Opposed Legal Cannabis Profit From It Now

(153) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 2:07 PM

Before premiers, liquor unions and corporations start falling all over each other in an effort to cash in on legal cannabis sales, let's remember the real reasons we should be ending cannabis prohibition in Canada.

Yes, we should be legalizing cannabis in Canada, but not because of the tax revenue...

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Canadian Pot Smokers Deserve An Apology

(91) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 2:38 PM

While it's nice that Trudeau says he wants to legalize marijuana, let's be clear that the reasons he's giving for legalization are all wrong.

While it may be politically wise to call for legalization mainly as a way of limiting access to minors while also raising some tax...

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7 Key Things Trudeau's Pot Legalization Must Include

(54) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 6:47 PM

We now have a prime minister who has promised to legalize marijuana in Canada. But what will legalization look like? Here's seven things the cannabis community wants to see happen before we consider prohibition to be truly over.

7. Don't increase penalties

In some of their...

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5 Ways Trudeau Can Start Legalizing Marijuana Right Away

(30) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:58 AM

Canada's incoming prime minister has promised to legalize cannabis. Here are five things Justin Trudeau can do right away to get the process started.

5. Repeal the ban on bongs

Bongs, vaporizers and other cannabis "paraphernalia" are all banned from sale in Canada under Section...

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Vancouver's Civic Booze-Pushers Need To Lay Off Pot Protest

(2) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 3:18 AM

Vancouver taxpayers regularly subsidize public booze parties that cost millions, yet city officials are trying to rouse anger against pot protestors for the meagre expense of their legalization rallies.

In Vancouver, the annual 4/20 rally has a peak crowd of about 25,000 and total attendance closer to 35,000. It has...

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Canada's Lawyers and Judges Need To Brush Up On Marijuana Laws

(51) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:53 PM

Two weeks ago, a student in Sarnia was sentenced to a full year in prison after a police raid on his home last year netted 97 grams of cannabis, scales and $280 cash.

The student, James Munroe, had been convicted of selling small amounts of pot a few...

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Four Big Ways the Media Got the Marijuana Study Wrong

(48) Comments | Posted October 11, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Major new study shows marijuana is extremely safe, and definitely far safer than alcohol. Media somehow gets it all backwards.

You might have seen the recent headlines: "Cannabis as addictive as heroin, major new study finds," "Study finally demolishes claims that smoking pot is harmless," and

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B.C. Medical Marijuana Company Implodes On Twitter

(5) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 5:18 PM

This week, MediJean CEO Jean Chiasson began tweet-attacking his business partners, accusing their breeder of theft, and threatening to sue Health Canada and the RCMP. The next day he deleted all of those tweets and claimed his account had been hacked, even as he confirmed the posts' basic accuracy.

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Attention Hemp Farmers: I Will Buy Your Hash!

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 5:45 PM

Last week, I wrote about how Canada's hemp farmers are producing vast amounts of CBD-rich resin, and explained how outdoor-grown cannabis should be the future of medical marijuana.

I believe we should get that process started now, instead of waiting for the laws to catch up. The sick and dying...

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Canada's Shocking Waste Of A Billion Grams Of Medical Cannabis Resin

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 3:09 PM

You won't believe the shocking waste of medical cannabis resin in Canada!

When you think of cannabis resin, you probably think of sticky marijuana buds, or chunks of fine hashish. But did you know that almost all of Canada's cannabis resin is being grown by hemp farmers? Even more shockingly,...

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Sensible BC Has Big Plans For The Coming Year

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:20 PM

Sensible BC was launched in 2012 to promote the Sensible Policing Act -- legislation which would stop arrests for marijuana possession in B.C.

Our campaign pointed out that policing is provincial jurisdiction, and that marijuana possession charges have more than doubled in BC

We...

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The Future Of Marijuana Isn't Smoke, It's Vapour

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 9:11 PM

You won't believe how discreet and easy is it to inhale marijuana -- anywhere!

One of the newest and most popular ways of using marijuana is also one of the most subtle and discreet. They're called vapour pens, and they are quickly replacing joints as the favored way to consume...

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Greenleaf Marijuana Recall Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

(18) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:01 AM

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Greenleaf Medicinals website, now vanished from the Internet

It's another historical first for Canada's modern medical marijuana market, as the first batch of substandard bud has been recalled.

Yesterday, Health Canada posted a notice on their website that "Greenleaf Medicinals of...

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Top 6 Ways Health Canada Is Screwing Up Medical Marijuana

(20) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 3:50 PM

Health Canada has been running Canada's medical marijuana program from the beginning, and they're really bad at it!

Here's the top six ways they've been screwing up.

6) They can't decide how to spell marijuana.

Cannabis is a plant with many names, but most people call it marijuana and they...

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